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ERIC Number: EJ801939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0951-354X
Incrementalism and Strategic Change: A University's Experience
Arnaboldi, Michela; Azzone, Giovanni
International Journal of Educational Management, v19 n7 p552-563 2005
Purpose: The processual interpretation of strategic change has been often applied to private companies searching for a logic behind their apparent chaotic transformation. The purpose of this paper is to report on an experience in a public organisation, an Italian university, where this perspective is exceptionally reflected, entailing a refining process towards a new strategy. Design/methodology/approach: The longitudinal case study was carried out analyzing different subunits within this institution, investigating the way in which top managers have tried to re-position the organisation, taking advantage of the increased autonomy given by a series of reforms of the academic system. Findings: The results show an incremental process towards autonomy and accountability, through which top managers have transformed the organisational structure, identified responsibilities, and introduced a new set of managerial techniques. Originality/value: This study shows how the combination of three elements--logic, incrementalism and accounting--has guided the institution in the trajectory of its transformation. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy