Reflections on Organizational Changes in Street Youth Shelters

By Jeff Karabanow and Ian G. Stewart.

Published by Organizational Cultures: An International Journal

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This paper focuses on the organizational changes experienced by two street youth shelters (SYS) in a major Canadian urban centre from the mid 1980s to the early 2000s. The natural histories of both shelters during this period were documented using participant observations, interviews with staff and all levels of management and research of archival materials. By reference to the various elements comprising the complex external environments of such shelters, including clients, other youth shelters, the formal child welfare system, the public, and economic and political contexts of provincial funding policies, our paper draws on the analytical tools from the field of organizational theory to chart the story of rapid adaptation, and considers the complexities of diverse models of organizational change in this natural history.

Keywords: Organizational Culture, Symbiotic Inequality, Street youth Shelters

Organizational Cultures: An International Journal, Volume 14, Issue 3-4, September 2015, pp.33-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: September 8, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 443.034KB)).

Dr. Jeff Karabanow

Full Professor, Health Professions, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dr. Ian G. Stewart

Assistant Professor, History of Science and Technology, University of King's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada