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Reflections on a Successful Downsizing Project Within a For-Profit Global Organization in Dubai, UAE: To Downsize the Right Way

Reflections on a Successful Downsizing Project Within a For-Profit Global Organization in Dubai, UAE: To Downsize the Right Way
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Author(s): Khalil M. Dirani (Texas A&M University, USA)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 8
Source title: Evidence-Based Initiatives for Organizational Change and Development
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Robert G. Hamlin (University of Wolverhampton, UK), Andrea D. Ellinger (The University of Texas at Tyler, USA) and Jenni Jones (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6155-2.ch051

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Abstract

Employment downsizing has become common practice in companies struggling to cope with financial costs, but usually this practice does not achieve the desired results. As a researcher, the author visited Global Food Company-Dubai, a Fortune 500 company in the UAE, to study the company's culture and the downsizing process. Findings showed that when companies use downsizing strategically, results turn out to be positive, and downsizing provided an opportunity to change the future of an organization. This reflective case history reveals and discusses a process for learning and changing as described by OCD books where leaders made strategic decisions based on evidence, and rooted in organizational change and development (OCD) theories that were translated into effective action.

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