Recognising and dealing with business distress: building resilient companies

Marjan Marandi Parkinson, Stephen Parkinson

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Businesses fail – some spectacularly and suddenly, others more gradually over time. In some companies, business decline can be turned around or at least delayed. In many others there is no option other than business closure. Over the past twenty years the rate of business failure has accelerated. Insolvency rates are high not just for small businesses but also for large well known public companies. Identifying possible causes of business distress is now recognised as an important agenda item. Creating the capacity to bounce back from such distress – business resilience – has become a priority.

Parkinson and Parkinson blend their own practical experience, academic research and a systematic analysis of recent high profile cases including Flybe Group Plc, Arcadia Ltd, Carillion Plc, NMC Health Plc and Thomas Cook Group Plc in a review of potential causes of business distress and key resilience drivers. This is presented in detail in separate chapters covering business purpose, board effectiveness, the quality of strategic planning, financial stewardship, risk management, business turnaround strategies and effective governance. The book sets out a practical benchmarking framework in the form of a toolkit with a series of detailed evidences – performance indicators – that companies can use to check out potential business distress and build a resilient company.

- Benchmarking framework that can be used to analyse business resilience in a practical way
- Multi-disciplinary approach using research evidence and examples from business practice
- Analysis of 5 recent high-profile cases of business failure
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDe Gruyter
Number of pages204
ISBN (Electronic)9783110689495
ISBN (Print)9783110689457
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2022


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