Dr Paul Donnelly, Dr Brendan O’Rourke (advisory)
MA in Business Administration at Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration
The Role of Management Ideas in an Organisational Change Process: The Case of the Establishment of the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE)
My PhD research explores the role of management ideas - such as audits, evaluations and new public management - in the case of the organisational restructuring process of the Irish health system. In 2005, a central Irish health care body, the Health Service Executive (HSE), was established, replacing the former regional structure. This study applies a qualitative, processual, single case study approach using natural occurring archival materials (e.g., parliamentary debates, health reports, newspaper articles) as data for analysis. Contributing to the literature on processual organisational change (Chia & Tsoukas, 1999; Tsoukas, 2005), I draw on the concept of translation of the actor-network theory (Callon1986; Callon & Latour 1981; Law, 1999), which has been introduced by the Scandinavian school of institutionalism (Czarniawska-Joerges & Joerges, 1996) as mode of transport of management ideas to organisational studies and, more recently, proposed by Zilber (2002, 2006) as transformation of meaning negotiated in the process of institutionalisation.
‘Organizations Revisited: Human and Technological Agency in Networks Within Organizational Theory’, paper presented at the 11th annual Irish Academy of Management Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 3-5 September.