Corporate Failure Research Published by the Turnaround Management Society
The Turnaround Management Society's main objective is to promote sustainability and best practice in the turnaround process. The executive director of the TMS is Dr. Christoph Lymbersky. He is also a turnaround management academic with considerable professional experience in turnaround and restructuring large corporations and mid-sized companies.
The TMS survey has revealed that the majority or corporate crisis are due to the mistakes made by the top tier of management. Usually it is because management has continued to use a particular marketing strategy that has ceased to be beneficial to the company. This is generally because management had lost touch with their customers and markets. Bad strategic decisions are often made if a strategy is not clear to all involved. Also, if a strategy is not flexible enough to adapt to change and managers underestimate market changes, their competitors will quickly gain new customers.
The TMS survey also reveals that another major cause of corporate failure are managers who have lost their entrepreneurial vision. This vision is vital in order to remain competitive in the race to draw in new customers. Managers without vision often stick to previous tried and tested techniques and will not take risks on new ideas and keep marketing strategies flexible to change.
Another reason for a company's downturn is insufficient communication. Often when a crisis becomes apparent, managers will cease to communicate or communicate less in order to downplay the situation. This is usually done while job and salary cuts are being implemented. Other common causes of corporate crisis as identified by the survey are financial and cash flow difficulties caused by poor accounting and financial planning. The survey also identified a lack of staff education regarding business as being another cause, and product line expansion at the wrong time.
The whole article is published in the Turnaround Management Journal and on the Turnaround Management Society website: www.Turnaround-Society.com