Misery Loves Company: The Spread of Negative Impacts Resulting from an Organizational Crisis Academic Article uri icon


  • We describe how negative impacts emanating from an organizational crisis that initially strikes only one organization can overflow the boundaries of that organization and affect others in the industry. We argue that this spillover process is contingent on the characteristics of the organizational form to which the stricken organization belongs, the characteristics of other organizations in the same industry, and the characteristics of the industry itself. Finally, we speculate that the spillover process, coupled with differential mortality, might move crisis-prone industries toward more robust structures over time. Copyright of the Academy of Management, all rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Yu, T., Sengul, M., & Lester, R. H.

citation count

  • 106

publication date

  • April 2008