Adaptive and maladaptive responses of managers to changing environments : a study of Australian public sector senior executives
Matthews, Judy H., Ryan, Neal F., & Williams, Trevor A. (2011) Adaptive and maladaptive responses of managers to changing environments : a study of Australian public sector senior executives. Public Administration, 89(2), pp. 345-360.
This paper examines data collected from senior executives in two Australian government agencies to identify patterns of adaptive and maladaptive responses to change in public sector environments. The conceptual categories of passive maladaptive, active maladaptive and active adaptive responses are all supported by the interview data, with half of the executives expressing predominantly active adaptive responses to external change and uncertainty and half displaying various kinds of passive and active maladaptive responses. The implications of the findings for managers as agents of organizational learning and adaptation in public sector environments are discussed.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||change, environment, senior managers, learning|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
|Deposited On:||24 May 2009 22:39|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 14:23|
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