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The False Mastery of Paradox: The Case of Volkswagen Emissions Scandal
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5564-360x
UTS Business School .
Nova School of Business & Economics.
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In management and organization studies, the challenge of dealing with paradoxes has become a central issue. The literature, however, is largely populated by research inclined to idealize paradoxical framing in thinking and theorizing. In this paper, we explore the perils paradoxes present when generated by stretch goals the 'achievement' of which is accomplished through organizational charade. The Volkswagen (VW) emissions scandal is a case that shows how paradoxical promises that are embraced discursively but not substantively create representational simulacra rather than paradoxical mastery. By studying VW's attempt to embrace paradoxes that proved to be a stretch too far, we explore how hubristic leadership, embedded in high-level cultural intolerance for failure, initiated VW's scandal.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Academy of Management , 2019. Vol. 1
Series
Academy of Management Proceedings, ISSN 0065-0668, E-ISSN 2151-6561
Keywords [en]
paradoxes, contradictions, Volkswagen emissions scandal, stretch goals, impression management
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Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-164274DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2019.13355abstractOAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-164274DiVA, id: diva2:1362458
Conference
Academy of Management Annual Meeting
Available from: 2019-10-20 Created: 2019-10-20 Last updated: 2019-10-29Bibliographically approved

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