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Reform as RoutineOrganizational Change and Stability in the Modern World$
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Nils Brunsson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296706

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198296706.001.0001

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Constructing Organizations: The Example of Public Sector Reform

Constructing Organizations: The Example of Public Sector Reform

(p.43) 3 Constructing Organizations: The Example of Public Sector Reform*
Reform as Routine

Nils Brunsson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the social construction of organizations and the way in which this is influenced by the theoretical concept of organization. It considers examples from recent publicsector reforms in several European countries, including Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, and Sweden, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. Constructing organizations involves the setting up or changing of entities in such a way that they come to resemble the general and abstract concept of organization. It is argued that traditional public services in many countries have lacked some of the key aspects of organization. They can be described, at the most, as conspicuously ‘incomplete’ organizations.

Keywords:   organizational reform, organizational change, constructing organizations, public sector reform

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