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The Reforming Organization

Making Sense of Administrative Change, 1st Edition

By Nils Brunsson, Johan P. Olsen


222 pages

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Originally published in 1993. Organizations have become larger, more professionalized, more differentiated, and wealthier. At the same time, they are often subject to large-scale changes: either as a result of mergers and acquisitions, or simply in response to changed market conditions or new technologies. In this climate the people who run organizations frequently find themselves acting as "reformers". The central concern of this study is to analyze the reforming process within organizations and assess its impact. The authors define reform as the process by which individuals seek to achieve desired goals by changing the structure of their organization: the administrative procedures, chains of command and lines of communication. Drawing on empirical case studies from a range of different sectors, The Reforming Organization questions the relationship between the changes that can be seen occurring in organizations all the time and these conscious internal attempts at reform. This is a different approach to some of the central concerns in organizational theory. The relationship between individuals and structures and the "learning" capacity of organizations. This title will be of interest to students of Business Studies and Management.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Organizational Forms: Can We Choose Them? 2. Reforming Institutionalized Organizations 3. Reform as Routine 4. The Modernization Imperative 5. Organizational Individuality and Rationality as Reform Content 6. The Reform Principle, Realities and Mediating Concepts 7. Implementing Reforms 8. Implementation and Institutional Identity 9. Success at the Expense of Control 10. The Implicit Effects of Reform 11. Reform as a Learning Process 12. Reform and Power; References; Index

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Routledge Library Editions: Management

The 53 volumes in this set, originally published between 1955 and 1996, draw together research by leading academics in the area of management and provides a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volumes examine management techniques, managing for profit and non-profit organisations, and management training and development. This set will be of particular interest to students of Business Studies.

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