Barbara Czarniawska is a distinguished scholar and author in the field of organization. Drawing on her extensive knowledge she has gathered together other leading experts to apply organization theory to yet another relevant field of practice - risk management. There are no prescriptions for organizing in the face of risk and threat, but the accumulating experience shows that a well-rehearsed improvisation brings much better results than planning and construction of formal organizations. This timely book contains cases of risk and threat where the former strategy succeeds and the latter fails. The wealth of cases presented includes the Marburg virus outbreak in Angola, bird flu, health insurance after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and the Tjorn bridge catastrophe in Sweden. Graduate and postgraduate students in business and management schools, as well as academics teaching courses in risk management across disciplines should not be without this book. Risk management specialists will also find this book invaluable.
Barbara Czarniawska was born 2 December 1948 in Bialystok, Poland, where her family moved from Vilnius after the World War II. She is a Swedish citizen since 1988. She holds an MA in Social and Industrial Psychology from Warsaw University, (1970); Ph.D.in Economic Sciences from Warsaw School of Economics (1976); a title of Doctor honoris causa from Stockholm School of Economics (2005); Copenhagen Business School (2006); and Helsinki School of Economics (2006).
She is at present Chair of Management Studies at Gothenburg Research Institute, School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg, Sweden; a Titular Professor at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Brussels; and a Visiting Professor at University of Rome I "La Sapienza", Italy.
Her research applies a constructivist perspective on organizing, most recently exploring the connections between popular culture and practice of management. She is interested in methodology, especially in fieldwork techniques and in the application of naratology in social science studies.
She writes in Polish, English, Swedish and Italian; her works have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Danish, French, German and Russian.
She is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, the Swedish Royal Engineering Academy, the Royal Society of Art and Sciences in Gothenburg, and Societas Scientiarum Finnica. Lily and Sven Thuréus Technical-Economic Award for internationally renowned research in organization theory, 2000; Wihuri International Prize "in recognition of creative work that has specially furthered and developed the cultural and economic progress of mankind", 2003.