Reform as Routine: Organizational Change in the Modern World

Hardcover | August 2, 2009

byNils Brunsson

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Large contemporary organizations seem to be in an almost continual state of change. Whether in public or private organizations, managers are trying to implement new organizational forms, introduce new procedures or systems, or change the attitudes of employees. Such reforms often yielddisappointing results, and so new reforms are deemed necessary.In this book, Nils Brunsson considers why reform takes place. He looks at why reforms occur when they do, why they propagate certain ideas to the exclusion of others, and what their consequences are. He emphasizes the role of social institutions, fashions, and hope. He argues that reform representsnot only change but also stability, and that a failure to implement reforms is sometimes a solution rather than a problem for organizations.Nils Brunsson has long been one of the most probing analysts of organizational life, often taking unorthodox approaches. He draws on both European and American traditions to develop a distinctive voice and stance of his own. Based on extensive empirical studies in private and public organizations,Brunsson's new book will be of interest to academics and advanced students of organizational change, organizational theory, and public management.

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Large contemporary organizations seem to be in an almost continual state of change. Whether in public or private organizations, managers are trying to implement new organizational forms, introduce new procedures or systems, or change the attitudes of employees. Such reforms often yielddisappointing results, and so new reforms are deeme...

Nils Brunsson is a professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he has held the City of Stockholm Chair in Public Management since 1986. He has published more than twenty books and numerous articles in the field of organization theory.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:August 2, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198296703

ISBN - 13:9780198296706

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Table of Contents

1. The Reforming Organization2. Beliefs Creating Reform: The Case of Markets and Organizations3. Constructing Organizations: The Example of Public Sector Reform4. Politicization and 'Company-ization': On Institutional Affiliation and Confusion in the Organizational World5. Organizational Reforms as Routines6. The Standardization of Organizational Forms as a Cropping-up Process7. Reform and Power8. The Hopeful Organization