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.

Joaquín Candel: Rise and Fall of an Autocratic Leader

Joaquín Candel: Rise and Fall of an Autocratic Leader

Joaquín Candel: Rise and fall of an autocratic leader

The Joaquín Candel case is the story of a medium-sized hardware wholesaler. Although the company's customers were, and continue to be, small hardware shops, Candel has been affected by rapid changes in the distribution industry in particular and the globalization of the economy in general.

Founded in the 1950s, the Joaquín Candel company, like so many other small businesses, was set up by an enterprising individual and grew quickly thanks to the fact that the Spanish market was understocked and highly protected. At the same time the political climate favoured autocratic management styles.

The 1980s brought radical changes to the country. Spain's entry to the EC meant that ill-prepared domestic ...

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