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Patricia Karathanos, M Diane Pettypool, and Marvin D Troutt, "Sudden Lost Meaning: a Catastrophe?," Management Decision 32.1: 1994

SUDDEN LOST MEANING CUSP CATASTROPHE [TOP]

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BEHAVIOR AT THE FOLD LINE [BOTTOM]

Suggested by Lukas WinklerPrins

Catastrophe theory allows for models for which abrupt change is not only permissible but expected. Instead of experiencing the "surprise" of unexpected behaviour, one could use catastrophe theory to help to explain (and possibly prepare for) sudden changes in the behaviour variable...

With this brief background, a cusp catastrophe model is now proposed to assist in the explanation of sudden lost meaning. In the model the behaviour variable is taken to be "identification" (with the organization's culture). The control variables are the "trust" which the person has in the organization and the "hope" that the desired expectations will come to pass. See Figures 1 [top] and 2 [bottom].

According to the model, persons with high values of trust and hope identify with (accept) the organization's culture as might be expected. Those with low values do not identify with (reject) the culture, also as might be expected.