Archives for August 17th, 1998

THE AUSTRALIAN WAY OF GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SECTOR COMMERCIAL REFORM

Abstracts, PublicNet: 17 August, 1998

Callendar G, Johnston J
Public Administration and Development, (UK), Feb 97 (17/1)
Start page: 55 No of pages: 16

Discusses the Australian government’s public sector reform initiatives, introduced over the last ten years, in order to achieve national competitive advantage, including downsizing, corporate management and commercialization, based on an economic rationalist-managerialist style of governance. Points out that Australia can no longer rely on trading success based solely on its abundance of natural and agricultural resources, and highlights problems inhibiting the involvement of the Australian manufacturing sector in international competition. Questions the Australian government’s handling of several issues, including tariff barrier reduction decisions, the lack of incentives for small- to medium-sized businesses, the transport infrastructure, higher education reforms, privatization of government business enterprises, partnership ventures with private companies and the wide use of private sector business consultancy advice. Stresses the need for extensive management education reform to provide the competences necessary for successful business collaboration, and examines the potential social costs of competition policy, suggesting that the Australian government has failed to consider the possible long-term outcomes of its actions and needs to adopt a more strategic approach to decision making.

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FLEXIBLE APPROACH HELPS NEW DEAL FOR UNEMPLOYED PAY OFF

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 August, 1998

The Government has been giving examples of how a people-centred approach has helped the New Deal for Young People include the needs of disabled people to get back into work.

It says that more than 10,000 disabled people have taken advantage of the
Government’s New Deal for Young People since it was launched nationally in April.

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BIGGEST EVER CONSULTATION FOR NHS

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 August, 1998

The Government has hailed the announcement of a rolling survey of public views about the NHS as being the tool that will deliver a ‘service moulded to the needs of the people.’

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IMPLEMENTING TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE

Book News, PublicNet: 17 August, 1998

Strategies for the Practitioner

Edwin Nevis (MIT Sloan School of Management, USA) , Joan Lancourt , Helen Vassallo (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA)

Before leaders can influence change, they must understand our fundamental resistance to it. In this book, the authors argue that because an organization is made up of many different perceptions of reality, there is no single method of influence that is powerful enough to transform an organization. Instead, leaders must seek multiple points of leverage to promote a new worldview. Drawing from research on resistance to change and case examples from such top companies as Motorola, AT&T, and Xerox, this book presents the key factors, strategies, and leadership skills behind successful “frame-breaking” organizational change.

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