Title

COMMUNICATION IN A POWER VACUUM - SENSE-MAKING AND ENACTMENT DURING CRISIS-INDUCED DEPARTURES

Authors

KT THEUS

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-1995

Department

Communication Studies

Abstract

Unanticipated departures of CEOs place demands upon interim leaders. From the literature a model is derived that illustrates problems of sense-making, enactment, communication, and organizational learning faced by these leaders and their internal and external stakeholders. A case, which focuses on the sudden resignation of the president of American University for making obscence phone calls to an area day-care worker, is used to illustrate the model. Comparisons are made in the corporate world with executive transitions at Kodak and American Express. Alternatives are suggested for improvements in communication and interim leadership when traumatic executive departures place severe and unfamiliar pressures on governance structures. (C) 1995 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Publication Title

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Volume

34

Issue

1

First Page

27

Last Page

49