Recognising and Dealing with Business Distress: Building Resilient Companies

  • 4h 27m
  • Marjan Marandi Parkinson, Stephen Parkinson
  • De Gruyter Inc
  • 2022

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.

The authors blend their own practical experience, academic research and a systematic analysis of recent high profile cases including Flybe Group Plc, Arcadia Group 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 director duties in times of business distress. 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 assess 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

About the Author

Stephen Parkinson was most recently Dean of the Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University and Professor of Strategic Management, specialising in market driven change and performance improvement.

Marjan Marandi Parkinson is a Lecturer in Law at Leeds Trinity University, with research interests in company law and corporate governance in financial distress and insolvency.

In this Book

  • Building Resilient Companies
  • Purpose and the Effective Board
  • Case Study: Flybe Group Plc
  • Resilient Planning
  • Case Study: Arcadia Group Ltd
  • Financial Stewardship
  • Case Study: Carillion Plc
  • Risk Management and KPIs
  • Case Study: NMC Health Plc
  • Business Turnaround
  • Case Study: Thomas Cook Group Plc
  • Directors’ Duties
  • Benchmarking Strategic Governance
  • References
  • Notes