Lessons From the Recession

A Management and Communication Perspective

Edited by Sarah Sanderson King & Donald P. Cushman

Subjects: Business Communication
Series: SUNY series in International Management
Paperback : 9780791432921, 330 pages, April 1997
Hardcover : 9780791432914, 330 pages, April 1997

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Table of contents


1. Introduction: What Lessons Can Be Learned from Recession?

King, Sarah S., and Cushman, Donald P.

Section One: Lessons from America

2. Lessons In Mass Media Depletion of Economic Conditions during a Recession

Smith III, Ted J., and Lichter, S. Robert

3. Lessons from Benchmarking Downsizing in IBM

King, Sarah S., and Cushman, Donald P.

4. Lessons from Leading Organizational Turnaround at IBM

Cushman, Donald P., and King, Sarah S.

5. Lessons in Governmental Budgeting during Recession in the United States

Morris, Susanne

6. Lessons for Entirement: Strategies and Skills for Self-Management, Lifelong Development

Harrison, Randall

Section Two: Lessons from Europe

7. Lessons from Rethinking High-Speed Management: Successful Adaptation of American Theory to an European Company

Raimondi, Giuseppe

8. Lessons in Communicating Change In Transition: Some Dilemmas and Strategic Choices

Czynczyk, Artur, MacDougall, Robert, and Obloj, Krzysztof

9. Lessons from Recession in Central and Eastern Europe: From Survival to Continuous Improvement

Kozminski, Andrzej K.

10. Lessons in How Recession Taught Organizations to Communicate

Quirke, Bill

Section Three: Lessons from Asia

11. Lessons from Japanese Multinationals and Japan's Government

Cushman, Donald P., and King, Sarah S.

12. Lessons in Marketing Strategies during Recession from High-Speed Management to Sun Tzu's Art of War

Martin, Ernest F., Jr.

13. Lessons in Managing Government Competitiveness

Cullen, Ron

14. Lessons in Government Communication Strategies of Best Practices in Australia

Johnston, Robyn




Explores the differential effects of recession on public and private sector organizations in America, Europe, and Asia.


This book explores the differential effects of recession on public and private sector organizations in America, Europe, and Asia. In America, the last recession led private sector firms to lower their break-even points and the government to seek new sources of tax revenue. In Europe, both the public and private sector organizations focused on the outflow of jobs and the rise in unemployment due to high labor costs, high public support program costs, and the failure of the European Community to become a Common Market. In Asia, Japan underwent a large emigration of production offshore due to the high yen to dollar ratio, a lengthy recession, and a massive government aid program which failed. In Australia and China, the economies recovered from recession and both public and private sector organizations have designed new strategies to keep the economy moving.

Sarah Sanderson King is Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University, and coeditor of the SUNY series in International Management. Donald P. Cushman is Professor of Communication at State University of New York at Albany, and coeditor of the SUNY series, Human Communication Processes. Among the books the two have written are Political Communication: Engineering Visions of Order in the Socialist World; High-Speed Management and Organizational Communication in the 1990's: A Reader; Communicating Organizational Change: A Management Perspective; Communication and High-Speed Management; and Continuously Improving an Organization's Performance all published by SUNY Press.


"This is a unique text that not only discusses problems of recession, but also analyzes its impacts on industrial/organizational stability. It provides very useful answers on how to prevent recession from happening, and also on how to deal with it successfully if and whenever it occurs. Of particular importance is the role which communication—verbal and nonverbal, interpersonal and mass media—can (should) play to ensure intelligent and effective handling of recessions and their possible consequences." — Andrew A. Moemeka, editor of Communicating for Development: A New Pan-Disciplinary Perspective