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Management of change in a large semi-government organisation with implications for management training


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Peebles, DR 1987 , 'Management of change in a large semi-government organisation with implications for management training', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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In July 1983, the then Australian Broadcasting Commission
embarked on a massive organisational change process. Cosmetic
changes included a name change. The new Australian
Broadcasting Corporation attempted to address many
deficiencies recognised and recorded by Mr Alex Dix, Chairman
of a Committee of Review which reported to Federal Parliament
in May 1981.
The first Managing Director of the restructured A.B.C.,
Mr Geoffrey Whitehead was appointed on 31st October, 1983.
Then followed three turbulent years during which time many of
the changes envisaged did not occur. Some did occur, but not
without organisational trauma and others were implemented
relatively successfully.
Mr Whitehead's premature resignation from the
organisation in December 1986, defined a specific period in
which to focus an analysis of the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation's attempt at organisational-change.
This study explores contemporary texts on the management
of' organisational change. From the theories emerging, a
framework for the successful management of change is
developed. This framework is presented in the form of a
questionnaire and then applied to the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation's change experiences. The changes attempted by
that organisation are analysed to determine their compliance
with contemporary change-management theories.
The study then examines the use of training during the
change process and makes some observations on the implications
for training during organisational change.
The conclusion of the dissertation indicates that a large
number of the guidelines for successful organisational change
emerging from the literature, were not observed during the ABC
experience. This may validate the suggestion that the ABC's
attempt at change was unsuccessful.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Peebles, DR
Keywords: Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Organizational change, Management
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Thesis (M.Ed.Stud.)--University of Tasmania, 1988. Bibliography: leaves 88-93.

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