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Title: De-Cermonialisation for Success - Institutions, Reforms and Individuals
Authors: Brorström, Björn
Department: University College of Borås. School of Business and Informatics
Issue Date: 2007
Series/Report no.: Reports on Business and Informatics
No. 3 Spring 2007
Publisher: Högskolan i Borås
Media type: Text
Publication type: report
Keywords: ceremonial values
institutional change
efficiency municipalities
organisational reforms
Subject Category: Subject categories::Social Sciences::Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified::Public Administration Studies
Abstract: Differences in the ways in which organizational units progress might be explained by existing institutions and their organization: the institutional arrangement. Research has indicated the importance of institutional change while being unable, however, to predict the conditions that trigger change. In order to understand and increase our knowledge of how to increase efficiency, it is important to understand the transition from the instrumental to the ceremonial and how and why ceremonial values are questioned and dismantled. This paper contains the condensed results of studies of different types of municipalities. It describes the characteristics and discusses the ways in which changes were implemented. The paper shows that different types of municipalities appear to contain strong ceremonial values, which prevent them from adapting to changed circumstances and to maintain efficiency over time. The existing institutional arrangement needs to be challenged, for example by implementing organizational changes.
ISSN: 1403-7203
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