Survivors and victims: A case study of organisational restructuring in the public health sector

Roan, Amanda, Lafferty, George and Loudoun, Rebecca (2002) Survivors and victims: A case study of organisational restructuring in the public health sector. New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations, 27 2: 151-168.


Author Roan, Amanda
Lafferty, George
Loudoun, Rebecca
Title Survivors and victims: A case study of organisational restructuring in the public health sector
Journal name New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0110-0637
Publication date 2002-06
Volume 27
Issue 2
Start page 151
End page 168
Total pages 18
Editor A. Geare
I. McAndrew
Place of publication Dunedin, NZ
Publisher Foundation for Industrial Relations Research & Education
Collection year 2002
Subject C1
350203 Industrial Relations
750199 Work not elsewhere classified
Abstract This paper examines a process of major organizational restructuring in an Australian hospital within a context of decentralization of health services and relocation of clients, brought about by changes in government policy. The change process differed from the abrupt downsizing often found in the private sector in that the organization initiated significant job losses concomitantly with the development of new facilities around the State, while attempting to deal with employee issues related to downsizing. The paper focuses on the process involved in the downsizing, from the perspective of both the "survivors" and "victims" of the change. It draws on interviews and focus groups with managers, union officials and employees, as well a survey of employees to assess the outcomes and effectiveness of the restructuring process. Using a stakeholder analysis framework, the paper examines the complex issues and perspectives raised by the downsizing process.
Keyword Downsizing
Hospitals
Organizational change
Studies
Labor relations
Q-Index Code C1

 
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