Corporate Autonomy and Institutional Control: The Crown Corporation as a Problem in Organization Design (Canadian Public Administration Series)

Corporate Autonomy and Institutional Control: The Crown Corporation as a Problem in Organization Design (Canadian Public Administration Series)

By: Douglas F. Stevens (author)Hardback

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Stevens examines institutional frameworks for Crown corporations in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba between the early 1970s and the mid 1980s, showing how each framework establishes different practices and offers distinct strategic advantages. Organizational approaches in Alberta most closely approximated what the author calls a "self-contained" design, in which corporate actors had the advantage and were most able to achieve their own objectives. In Manitoba, where "vertical information systems" prevailed, central bureaucratic monitoring agents tended, to some extent, to wield influence over the corporations. Saskatchewan practice was akin to a "lateral relations" pattern, with an equilibrium between corporate and bureaucratic goals. Stevens's comparison of Crown corporation organization designs suggests that, while no one form is inherently more efficient than another, each leads to qualitatively different outcomes. He concludes that the most important issue in problems of organization design is who is winning the Crown corporation "game" -- a finding of considerable interest to all students of government enterprise.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773509009
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780773509009
  • ISBN10: 0773509003

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