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Structural Changes to the Public Sector and Cultural Incompatibility: The Consequences of Inadequate Change Management

Buick, Fiona; Carey, Gemma; Pescud, Melanie


Structural changes are commonly undertaken to achieve gains, such as enhanced efficiency and performance. In this paper, we explore the cultural issues associated with a structural change in the Australian Public Service. We argue that cultural differences across merged functions were disruptive and challenging to overcome. We posit, however, that these challenges were exacerbated by the lack of systemic effort to integrate cultures, thus impeding synergy realization. Our findings are...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Public Administration
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12262


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