Behind the Scenes: Uncovering Technocratic to Democratic Adjustments

Waterhouse, Jennifer Marie & Keast, Robyn L. (2007) Behind the Scenes: Uncovering Technocratic to Democratic Adjustments. In 2007 British Academy of Management – Management Research, Education and Business Success: Is the Future as Clear as the Past?, 11 – 13 September, University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

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New institutional arrangements such as networks, partnerships and collaborations have come to constitute a significant part of the contemporary social and organisational architecture. While there is a significant body of literature on organisational change and networks, little attention has been paid to consider the types of changes necessary to shift an organisation from what is often a traditional hierarchy to a ‘network organisation’. This paper addresses the limited research into such change by ‘going behind the scenes’ of a public sector engineering organisation contemplating the strategic and operational change necessary to prepare for becoming a ‘networked organisation’. The paper draws on data collected from a large three year single case study to explore the elements and type of change necessary for a traditional, public sector organisation to shift its culture, behaviour and operating mode to best extract the benefits of collaborative networks.

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ID Code: 9886
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: New institutional arrangements, organisational change, networks
ISBN: 0954960831
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Administration (160509)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Jennifer M. Waterhouse and Robyn L. Keast
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2015 06:32

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