Investigating tensions experienced by decision-makers during a business rescue event

Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

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Title Investigating tensions experienced by decision-makers during a business rescue event
Creator du Toit, Andria C. Pretorius, Marius
Subject — business rescue; tension; puzzles; dilemma; trade-off; paradox; response.
Description Background: Practice has shown that decision-makers experience various tensions during a business rescue event, which adds to the complexity of their decision-making. Even though business rescue has been operational for more than a decade, decision-makers require training and development beyond the scope of the legal and finance realms to cope with the related tensions.Aim: This study endeavoured to report on the tensions experienced by decision-makers, classify them into puzzles, dilemmas, trade-offs and/or paradoxes, and to identify practical responses to the most commonly experienced tensions.Setting: The study was conducted in South Africa and made use of decision-makers in the field of business rescue.Methods: An interpretative phenomenological analysis was completed using 12 exceptionally experienced decision-makers. A multi-method approach was employed using in-depth interviews and follow-up questionnaires, validated with the literature after the completion of a pre-test.Results: Findings reported 16 major tensions, consisting of one puzzle, two dilemmas, four trade-offs and nine paradoxes with appropriate responses used in practice by participants.Conclusion: Significant findings include the differentiation in response to tensions based on the level of sophistication of stakeholders involved, the implementation of a team approach to decision-making and the use of empathy to decrease tension.Contribution: An insider’s perspective is provided into tensions experienced during a business rescue event, which may assist in the training of novice decision-makers. Participants used anecdotal evidence to verbalise their approaches and/or strategies to managing tension, which can be dissected and used to collate shared practice among decision-makers.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2023-08-31
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajesbm.v15i1.714
Source The Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management; Vol 15, No 1 (2023); 13 pages 2071-3185 2522-7343
Language eng
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