Archives for September 4th, 2000

CRACKING THE CODE OF CHANGE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 4 September, 2000

Beer M, Nohria NHarvard Business Review, (USA), May-Jun 2000 Vol 78 No 3

Start page: 133. No of pages: 9

Introduces two archetypes of corporate change, ‘Theory E’ and ‘Theory O’, comparing them on the key dimensions of corporate change: goals, leadership, focus, process, reward system and use of consultants. Notes that ‘E’-type change takes shareholder value as its goal, taking a top-down approach and stressing structure, systems, planning and financial incentives, using consultants to analyse problems and offer solutions. Contrasts the ‘O’ type change as participative, experimental, emphasizing corporate culture and motivating through commitment, with the intention of developing organizational capabilities and using consultants to support management in arriving at their own solutions. Gives comparative examples of companies which have used each theory to manage change and shows how the turnround of Asda in the UK combined the two theories. Notes that combination requires ‘E’ to precede ‘O’ to enable tough restructuring decisions and avoid a sense of betrayal.

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SWITCH OFF THE POWER AND SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 September, 2000

The Department for Environment, Transport & Regions has put out a plea to everyone who works in an office to do their bit to save the environment. The initiative supports other environmental messages and activities of the Energy Saving Trust, Going for Green, and other partner organisations, local authorities and business.The campaign’s key messages focus on four areas: showing how individuals can reduce local pollution by changing their travel habits; fight global warming climate change by using energy efficiently; conserve water; and reduce waste. Examples of waste include: leaving a PC monitor switched on for one hour when it is not needed wastes enough energy to print 61.5 pages. Leaving a photocopier on overnight wastes enough energy to laser print 800 copies of A4 paper. In all it is estimated that 20% of energy used in offices in the UK is wasted. This is sufficient to make an extra 1.6 billion cups of tea every week.

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SEARCH FOR PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 September, 2000

The Charted Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, with the backing of the Cabinet Office, has launched a Public Servant of the Year Awards initiative. The awards will be open to all public servants at any level.The awards seek to reward the outstanding individuals who have made a special contribution or a significant achievement during the year ending in October 2000. The awards are arranged in two groupings of cross sector and sector specific. The cross sector awards are for innovation, leadership, technology, the front-line worker, the turn-round manager and social inclusion. The sector impact awards seek to reward front line workers in the sectoral areas of Central Government, Local Government, Health, Education and Housing.

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