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The charismatic organization: Vision 2000 and corporate change in a state-owned organization

Barton, R ORCID: 0000-0002-3856-1933 and Mees, B ORCID: 0000-0001-5710-2540 2021 , 'The charismatic organization: Vision 2000 and corporate change in a state-owned organization' , Enterprise & Society , pp. 1-22 , doi:

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British Telecom’s 1984 partial privatization set in motion the privatization and deregulation of many international state-owned telecommunications carriers. Most previous research on the privatization and deregulation of state-owned telecommunications carriers has focused on the economic outcomes. However, this was also a time of changes in managerial practice and thinking influenced by organizational theory. This article presents an analysis of the use of the prescriptions of Rosabeth Kanter in the attempted reform of the organizational culture of Australia’s largest business in the 1980s: the government-owned telecommunications monopoly Telecom Australia (now Telstra). It details the attempt to transform Telecom under the incipient threat of the introduction of competition to the telecommunications market and demonstrates how the country’s largest change management program, Vision 2000, represented an alternative approach to telecommunications reform.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Barton, R and Mees, B
Keywords: telecommunications, privatisation, corporate change, consultants
Journal or Publication Title: Enterprise & Society
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Press
ISSN: 1467-2227
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© The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Business History Conference. All rights reserved.

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