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.
The Humanitarian Foundation (HUF): Revitalizing an Old Organization
The Humanitarian Foundation (HUF) is an international aid and disaster organization based in Denmark. HUF was founded in 1876 and is now organized in 250 local branches and 17 county districts. The head office is based in Copenhagen. In 1990 HUF spent some US$ 40 million on international activities and US$ 35 million on a programme caring for foreigners asking for political asylum in Denmark; 85% of the budget was funded through government sources in Denmark.
In 1990 the President and General Secretary of HUF felt that it faced major organizational problems. On the one hand, the increase in international aid programmes and refugee camp administration had forced HUF ...