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The Downsizing Phenomenon Worldwide
This definition places downsizing in the category of management tools such as reengineering and rightsizing. Downsizing is not the same as traditional layoffs. In traditional layoffs, employees are asked to leave temporarily and return when the market situation improves.
Soon, downsizing came to be seen as a tool adopted by weak
companies, and investors began selling stocks of such companies in anticipation
of their decreased future profitability. However, by the 1990s, as even
financially sound companies began downsizing, investors began considering the
practice as a means to reduce costs, improve productivity and increase
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