Review of the Alternatives to Downsizing with particular reference to the Motor Industry.

Coonan, Rose-Anne (2001) Review of the Alternatives to Downsizing with particular reference to the Motor Industry. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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I first became interested in the subject of downsizing after watching "the Big One" a film with Michael Moore. I found the subject fascinating and decided that it would make an interesting topic to research for my dissertation. Early on in the research process, I found that there existed a number of areas around the subject of downsizing that could make interesting research topics.

I decided to focus in on alternatives to downsizing after reading numerous articles and studies on the adverse effects that downsizing had on employees and organizations.

I wanted to find out why downsizing was adapted by organizations when it was continually advocated against in many HR circles, and when no studies had conclusively shown downsizing to have any benefits other than an immediate reduction in employee numbers.

I realised that such a research would prove to require an enormous amount of time to complete and as I was working under a deadline, I decided it would be necessary to focus in on a particular industry.

I decided to concentrate on the Motor Industry as it represented an area where downsizing has and continues to be especially prevalent. As an industry also, it has experienced periods of major decline in recent years and downsizing represents an organizational strategy that often comes to the fore in times of recession.

I wanted to look at what management strategies were employed in different car companies during times of decline, and to see what factors influenced these actions.
I decided it would make an interesting subject to see what had happened at three different car companies in three different countries.

I wanted to see if the car company's base country had influenced its management strategy when it came to implementing or avoiding downsizing measures.

I decided that a case study method would represent the best way for me to proceed with such an area of study. I decided to introduce first the alternatives to downsizing that exist, to then look at the countries where my case study car companies were based and finally present the cases that exist at each of the car companies.

For this dissertation, I used secondary research exclusively. I looked to books, journals, magazines, articles, reports, publications, press cuttings and web sites to provide the information I needed. All of the sources used can be found listed in the bibliography section of this dissertation.

I believed that this research would not only prove to interest me greatly but that it might prove to be of some academic interest and benefit to those interested in:
- the subject of downsizing
- alternatives to downsizing
- the avoidance of downsizing as an organizational strategy
- how the implementation or avoidance of downsizing by management could be influenced
- if downsizing could be successllly avoided
- concrete examples of measures to avoid downsizing.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Management of Change > Downsizing of an organization
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Specific Industries > Motor Industry
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in European Business and Languages
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2011 12:23
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2014 09:45

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