Quotation Brandl, Julia. 2008. Myths in the Time of Evaluation: the Persistence of Permanently Failing High Performance Work Systems in an Austrian Insurance Company. AIM Capacity Building Workshop “Action, Practices and Institutions”, Aston Business School, Großbritannien, 22.10..


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How do rationalized practices withstand empirical disconfirmation? Building on a longitudinal case study of an organization that experienced decreases in employee motivation over seven years after having implemented a High Performance Work System (HPWS) and is still hoping for the program’s success, this paper combines insights from institutional research and cognitive dissonance theory to examine how rationalized practices persist in organizations despite their obvious failure. We argue that if actors choose between different practices and put high effort in the realization, disconfirmation over several periods ends in tolerance of discrepancies. Cognitive dissonance is reduced by elaborating on the myth, seeking social support and increasing interaction with supportive actors. We conclude that if the myth offers potential for resolving dissonance, the likelihood for giving up hope diminishes despite failure.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Myths in the Time of Evaluation: the Persistence of Permanently Failing High Performance Work Systems in an Austrian Insurance Company
Event AIM Capacity Building Workshop “Action, Practices and Institutions”
Year 2008
Date 22.10.
Country United Kingdom
Location Aston Business School

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Human Resource Accounting and Rationality
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Brandl, Julia (Former researcher)
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Interdisciplinary Institute for Management and Organizational Behavior IN (Details)
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