Just like any other business or a special case?
Framing excess in a Swedish newspaper group
in Overwhelmed by overflows?

Structural changes, digitalization, declining advertising revenues, declining circulation of paid-for newspapers, and an increasing online culture have been filling the pages of newspapers, magazines, and scientific journals in an attempt to explain the newspaper crisis. This chapter tells the story of Stampen Media Group, a family-owned Swedish newspaper organization. Its journey of survival over a decade took it from a position of success – the most successfully expanded local media group in the country – to a position of near-bankruptcy. It is a story of hope turned to despair, the story of a media organization presented as exemplary in international industry conferences to a story of destructive overflow. A historical analysis suggested three types of excesses: too many acquisitions, too high salaries and bonuses for top management, and too high operating costs; all the possible reasons of the current problem of scarcity of financial resources. But who decides what is too high or too costly?

Overwhelmed by overflows?

How people and organizations create and manage excess


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