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Experimenting with organisational development in Bhutan: tools for reform and the achievement of multi-level goals

O’Flynn, Janine; Blackman, Deborah

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In this paper we examine the use of organisational development (OD) as a tool for the achievement of the reform and development goals in Bhutan. We review the reform agenda in Bhutan to identify the goals of reform and then investigate the OD literature to answer the question of whether this is an appropriate tool for achieving these goals. We find that there is considerable potential to use OD in the pursuit of the multi-level goals and, in fact, there is a high level of ‘fit’ between the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorO’Flynn, Janine
dc.contributor.authorBlackman, Deborah
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-12T01:45:53Z
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-20T06:03:23Z
dc.date.available2010-10-12T01:45:53Z
dc.date.available2010-12-20T06:03:23Z
dc.identifier.citationO'Flynn, J. (2008). Experimenting with organisational development in Bhutan: tools for reform and the achievement of multi-level goals. Policy and Governance Discussion Paper 08-01. Canberra, ACT: Crawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10440/1124
dc.description.abstractIn this paper we examine the use of organisational development (OD) as a tool for the achievement of the reform and development goals in Bhutan. We review the reform agenda in Bhutan to identify the goals of reform and then investigate the OD literature to answer the question of whether this is an appropriate tool for achieving these goals. We find that there is considerable potential to use OD in the pursuit of the multi-level goals and, in fact, there is a high level of ‘fit’ between the principles and values of OD and the stated reform agenda in Bhutan. However, we argue that the implementation of this approach is problematic and several tensions are emerging. These tensions have the potential to undermine both the OD approach itself, and the ability of Bhutan to use OD in achieving a complex set of organisational and social goals. Given the unique development approach of Bhutan, we believe this represents a lost opportunity for using OD to achieve significant social outcomes.
dc.format.extent28 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCrawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University
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dc.source.urihttp://www.crawford.anu.edu.au/degrees/pogo/discussion_papers/PDP08-01.pdf
dc.titleExperimenting with organisational development in Bhutan: tools for reform and the achievement of multi-level goals
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
dc.date.issued2008
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.crawford.anu.edu.au
local.type.statusPublished version
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationCanberra, ACT, Australia
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancePermission granted by Crawford School to archive their papers and make them publically available - permission given by Director, Research, Crawford School of Economics and Government, in email dated 30/10/10
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