Factors Impacting the Adoption and Operation of Corporate Governance Reform in Australian State Government Departments

By Paul Ramage and Anona Armstrong.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Governments have progressively sought to ground public management, organisational structures and culture within the corporate governance framework of the private sector. These reforms have essentially involved changes to the structures and processes for decision-making, accountability, control and behaviour at the top of organisations. Much research has been conducted into identifying what governance changes have occurred in public sector organisations over the past 10-20 years. Little attention has, however, been given to the way reform decisions have been taken, or how these decisions have been implemented and operated. Consequently, little is known about how corporate governance change is affected by environmental, organisational or other issues. This paper details the results of research into identifying and describing variables associated with corporate governance reform in Australian state government departments. In particular it presents findings about the particular arrangements and processes used to adopt and operate corporate governance reform in Australian state government departments and explore the impact internal and external organisational influences had on these reforms.

Keywords: Corporate Governance Reform, Public Sector, Change Management, State Government

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 9, Issue 8, pp.135-152. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.474MB).

Dr. Paul Ramage

Manager, Corporate Planning, Budget, Planning and Review Branch, Department of Human Services, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Paul Ramage is Manager, Corporate Planning in the Department of Human Services, Victoria. He recently completed the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Victoria University, Melbourne where he is a Research Associate at the University’s Centre for International Corporate Governance Research. Dr Ramage also teaches corporate governance theory and practice to Doctor of Business Administration students at the Victoria Graduate School of Business.

Prof. Anona Armstrong

Professor, Centre for International Corporate Governance Research, Faculty of Business and Law, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Anona Armstrong is a Professor of Governance and former Director of the Centre for International Corporate Governance Research at Victoria University and is a registered psychologist. She is an author of 16 books and is a past President and Life Member of the Australasian Evaluation Society and a Member of the American Evaluation Society. Professor Armstrong is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and the Victorian Division of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, and is a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.

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