Archives for October 24th, 2001

UK FIFTH IN WORLD FOR E-GOVERNMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 October, 2001

The UK has been ranked fifth in the world for its progress in implementing e-government. The ranking comes in a survey conducted by World Market Research Centre, which evaluated the services governments offer online.The UK trailed behind the US, which came in at number one, Taiwan at number two and Australia and Canada in third and fourth places respectively.

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PRIMARY CARE TRUSTS SHOULD HANDLE PPPS WITH CARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 October, 2001

Primary care trusts should only embark on partnerships with the private sector if they can be sure they will benefit patients – without harming staff or other health services, says a new joint policy paper from the NHS Alliance and the King’s Fund.The paper calls on primary care trusts (PCTs) to experiment carefully with PPPs.

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CORPORATE IDEOLOGY – MEANINGS AND CONTRADICTIONS FOR MIDDLE MANAGERS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 24 October, 2001

This paper describes an investigation into corporate ideology and control and the responses of the ‘middle managers’ in a large engineering corporation. The paper explores the creation of meaning and values in the organization through a large-scale ‘corporate values’ programme aimed at 1500 middle managers, and asks to what extent the priorities of these managers match those of the organization, and whether the creation of meaning through an ideological values programme carries risks that have not been considered by the organization adopting this approach. The findings suggest six individual response types amongst the delegates on the programme: ‘evangelists’, ‘actors’, ‘sceptics’, ‘open cynics’, ‘critical thinkers’ and ‘untouched professionals’. The influences upon these responses are considered, and a number of key factors identified as important in affecting perceptions of and response to the programme. The paper concludes that today more than ever, corporate ideologies are becoming an increasingly dominant influence on our organizations, causing mixed and confused responses amongst the middle managers who are required to disseminate these messages.

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