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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

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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]

dc.contributor.authorBuick, Fiona
dc.contributor.authorCarey, Gemma
dc.contributor.authorPescud, Melanie
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-17T00:02:11Z
dc.identifier.issn0313-6647
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/223207
dc.description.abstractStructural 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 consistent with the private sector literature that warns mergers and acquisitions undertaken with too much haste and without adequate planning can lead to cultural issues when not managed appropriately
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherWiley
dc.rights© 2017 Institute of Public Administration Australia
dc.sourceAustralian Journal of Public Administration
dc.subjectstructural change
dc.subjectmachinery of government change
dc.subjectorganisational culture
dc.subjectpublic sector
dc.subjectintegration
dc.titleStructural Changes to the Public Sector and Cultural Incompatibility: The Consequences of Inadequate Change Management
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor111706 - Epidemiology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4492120xPUB170
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.wiley.com/en-gb
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBuick, Fiona, University of New South Wales
local.contributor.affiliationCarey, Gemma, University of New South Wales
local.contributor.affiliationPescud, Melanie, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage19
local.identifier.doi1111/1467-8500.12262
local.identifier.absseo920208 - Health Policy Evaluation
dc.date.updated2020-11-08T07:23:05Z
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