Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 116, Issue 1, pp 99–106 | Cite as

Employee Reactions to Leader-Initiated Crisis Preparation: Core Dimensions

  • Marcus SelartEmail author
  • Svein Tvedt Johansen
  • Synnøve Nesse


Crisis prevention plans are usually evaluated based on their effects in terms of preventing or limiting organizational crisis. In this survey-based study, the focus was instead on how such plans influence employees’ reactions in terms of risk perception and well-being. Five different organizations were addressed in the study. Hypothesis 1 tested the assumption that leadership crisis preparation would lead to lower perceived risk among the employees. Hypothesis 2 tested the conjecture that it would also lead to a higher degree of well-being. Both hypotheses were supported. The results and their implications are discussed.


Leadership Human resource management Crisis management Employee relations Risk perception Well-being 



We are grateful to Frida Ehn and Valla Helgadottir for the collection and analysis of the data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcus Selart
    • 1
    Email author
  • Svein Tvedt Johansen
    • 2
  • Synnøve Nesse
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Strategy and ManagementNorwegian School of EconomicsBergenNorway
  2. 2.Harstad University CollegeHarstadNorway

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