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Antecedents of Organizational Slack

Mark P. Sharfman, Gerrit Wolf, Richard B. Chase and David A. Tansik
The Academy of Management Review
Vol. 13, No. 4 (Oct., 1988), pp. 601-614
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/258378
Page Count: 14
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Antecedents of Organizational Slack
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Abstract

Organizational slack has been widely discussed, but only in its role as an antecedent of performance, political behavior, bankruptcy, and other phenomena. A model that describes the antecedents of organizational slack is presented here. It contains three sets of predictors: environmental contigencies, organizational characteristics, and the values and beliefs of dominant coalition. Hypotheses detailing how each set of predictors leads to the development of different levels and types of slack resources are presented.

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