This volume addresses key issues in organizational behavior and human resource management in a variety of European organizations. Covering select case-studies that are longer and richer than is typical, Organizational Behavior and Change in Europe captures the realistic breadth and complexity that exists in organizations that are changing, developing, and internationalizing at a rapid pace. This thorough approach allows the reader to locate organizational behavior or human research management themes in the context of the broader market and other issues facing the organizations concerned, as well as facilitating teaching and learning in a variety of ways, using a variety of theoretical frameworks. The cases discussed reflect sensitivity to the impact of different cultures on problems, and illustrate likely approaches and solutions to them. Topics covered include managing growth and “Europeanization”; managing decline and crisis; transforming cultures; and organizational design, leadership, autonomy, and control. This stimulating case-study volume addresses key issues in organizational behavior, organizational change, and human resource management in a range of European organizations, including international companies based in Europe.

Introduction
Introduction

While it is clear that the European economic landscape is changing, it is not clear what exactly is happening. The easier flow of capital, goods, services and staff across borders increases competitive pressures on European firms, leading to a need for improvements in organizational efficiency and effectiveness. These competitive pressures take several distinctive forms. On the one hand, we observe firms struggling to build economies of scale in both financial markets and production facilities, mergers and acquisitions being examples of this. On the other hand, we observe corporate restructuring and re-engineering which aim to create flexible organizations and regional cultural strengths.

The varying organizational responses to these changing conditions have several implications for organizational behaviour and change, as well as for the relationship between firms ...

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