Archives for November 4th, 1999

PARTNERSHIP DEFINED

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 November, 1999

The DETR has put some fences around the flagrant use of the word partnership’ by local councils.The word featured in proposals for the ‘third way’ and as a result many activities are now attracting the label of being ‘partnerships’. Consultants Newchurch and Co., who have produced a definition of the word on request from the DETR, say some of these projects are a simple re-badging of something that was previously described in other ways.

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CHEAPER INTERNET TARIFFS FOR PUBLIC SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 November, 1999

From April next year, 527 Further Education Colleges, 4,300 public libraries and 785 Citizens Advice Bureaux will be able to save more than 50% on standard charges for Internet access.Under BT’s proposed Public Institution Internet Caller package these bodies will enjoy unlimited daytime Internet access for six hundred pounds a year, or twelve hundred pounds for a higher-speed ISDN line.

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BUSINESS PLANNING AS PEDAGOGY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 4 November, 1999

Oakes L S, Townley B, Cooper D JAdministrative Science Quarterly, (USA), Vol 43 No 2

Start page: 257. No of pages: 36

Considers the activity of business planning, arguing its effectiveness in introducing change, and examining the process through which this occurs. Discusses organizational change and business control, and provides an outline of institutional theory as an introduction to the study of how the Cultural Facilities and Historical Resources Division (CFHR) of Alberta Community Development in Canada introduced business planning. Discusses issues of restricted production, positional identity, the effect of business planning on organizational control, power focus and symbolic violence. Suggests that the business planning process at CFHR was pedagogical in three ways: it required a receptivity to change; it actively involved organizational actors who appear to create the process as they go along; and it involved learning the new organizational language.

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