HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

The Role of Organizational Template in Radical Change

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-2009

Publication Title

Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship

ISSN or ISBN

1077-1158

Volume

14

Issue

3

First Page

27

Last Page

48

Description

Privatization is a strategy in which radical change is expected to occur. Few studies have been done to identify how privatization change occurs in the very early phases of organizational transformation. In an empirical study of public and private sector managers associated with a state-wide privatization effort during its first year of implementation, we find that radical change, as exemplified in the adoption of a market orientation, is affected by structural shifts in organizational template despite the number of years of previous for-profit management experience. This finding challenges current emphasis which suggests that it is the hiring of new managers with new skills in privatized concerns which help assure its success. Associated implications and proposed future research agenda are presented.

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