Archives for July 3rd, 1998

CHANGING MANAGEMENT CULTURE IN BRITISH CIVIL SERVICE.

Abstracts, PublicNet: 3 July, 1998

Visionary Leadership and Strategically-led Research-Based OD Interventions.
Hamlin B, Reidy M, Stewart J
Journal of Applied Management Studies, (UK), Dec 97 (6/2)
Start page: 233 No of pages: 19

Examines the impact of research-based organizational development (OD) interventions through the study of such interventions applied to an executive unit of the British Civil Service’s HM Customs and Excise department. Illustrates the importance of soundly based and rigorously constructed research for both contributing to and supporting OD interventions, and also the positive impact which the presence of a visible and active support of top management can have, enabling the possibility of OD interventions impacting a culture in support of strategic change. Describes the creation of a research-based OD instrument which comprises categories of managerial behaviour: consultation; communication; open, flexible/heavy autocratic management styles; gradism; co-operation; confronting team members on difficult issues; looking after the interests of team members; and team building. Discusses the outcome of research-based OD intervention workshops adopting this instrument, concluding that enabling managers to better understand the management culture of their organizations, and taking such cultural factors into account in the change process, contributes to effective management of organizational change.

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COUNCILLORS COULD SPEARHEAD GREATER PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN THE NHS

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 July, 1998

The lack of accountability and scrutiny in the NHS could be addressed by inviting panels of councillors to oversee local health services, says a new report.

Another option is to boost the role of the community health councils, according the study, supported by the Institute of Health Services Management, the NHS confederation and the quality and consumer branch of the NHS Executive.

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A PROGRAMME TO RAISE STANDARDS OF FAST AND CONVENIENT CARE – AND NEW POWERS TO

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 July, 1998

TAKE OVER FAILING HOSPITALS

The Government has announced plans to set up mechanisms to despatch teams of doctors, nurses and managers into failing NHS Trusts.

In measures similar to those which allow Government intervention in failing schools, Frank Dobson has announced the creation of a Director of Health Improvement to head a new Commission for Health Improvement. They will have executive powers to organise investigations in trusts identified by the Department of Health as being ‘in trouble’.

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MANAGEMENT AND ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR.

Book News, PublicNet: 3 July, 1998

by Mullins, Laurie J.

This work describes how the structure of an organization and the people who work in it affect each other. It shows how organizations can be more effective by making better use of their staff. An ELBS/LPBB edition is available.

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