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Responses to Public Sector Reform Policy

Ryan, Neal F. & Lewis, Dianne S. (2007) Responses to Public Sector Reform Policy. Public Management Review, 9(2), pp. 269-287.

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Abstract

The article compares the ways in which different public sector organizations respond to similar federal government demands for public sector reform. The empirical basis of the article is a comparison of public sector reform in three agencies managing road systems in three Australian states. There are two constants in the research; namely, the nature of the responsibilities of the agencies with respect to the road network, and the demands of federal government policy for road reform throughout Australia. Yet within the ambit of these two constants, there is a distinctive contrast in the way the agencies have approached and implemented both policy and reforms. The article uses Hood's framework for viable organizational design options for variables relating to grid and group as an explanatory model for the results obtained from the research. Furthermore, it examines the utility of Hood's four styles of public sector organizations in order to explain different change outcomes in the three agencies studied.

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ID Code: 9125
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: d.lewis@qut.edu.au
Keywords: Australia, change management, culture, public sector
DOI: 10.1080/14719030701340473
ISSN: 1471-9045
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Public Management Review 9(2):pp. 269-287.
Deposited On: 23 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:32

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