Private Action for Public Purpose

Examining the Growth of Falck, the World’s Largest Rescue Company

  • Alex Murdock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Key Themes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Alex Murdock, Frederik Madsen
      Pages 3-25
    3. Anton Bradburn
      Pages 27-53
    4. Christiane Stelling
      Pages 55-73
    5. Stephen Barber, Alex Murdock
      Pages 75-104
    6. Alex Murdock
      Pages 105-133
    7. Alex Murdock
      Pages 135-154
    8. Alex Murdock
      Pages 179-200
  3. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Alex Murdock, Margit Physant
      Pages 229-247
    3. Alex Murdock
      Pages 249-269
  4. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. Alex Murdock
      Pages 297-320
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 321-330

About this book


This book analyses the private provision of rescue and emergency services, and focuses on the emergence of the world’s largest rescue company, Falck. The author’s structured academic perspective is informed through close co-operation with Falck, which operates in 44 countries and across 6 continents. The chapters examine aspects of reliability, culture, innovation, trust, governance and business development within rescue and emergency services, including differentiation, internationalisation and globalisation. Drawing on detailed case studies of Falck’s global work in the USA, Columbia, India and Denmark, Private Action for Public Purpose is instructive for students and researchers of business and management, and will provide value for emergency responders, managers, policy-makers and organisations involved in emergency response and crisis management.


internationalization relief crisis management risk mitigation public value emergency falck

Authors and affiliations

  • Alex Murdock
    • 1
  1. 1.School of BusinessLondon South Bank UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-95213-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-95214-4
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