Analyzing longitudinal continuity and change in public sector organizations

M. MacCarthaigh, P.G. Roness

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    This article provides the introduction to a special edition that presents for the first time a series of detailed country case studies concerned with the matter of organizational life cycles. Building on some recent scholarship, it begins by surveying the development of the field, before setting out some of the key methodological and theoretical issues and challenges involved in adopting a longitudinal perspective to the study of organizational change. It proposes that by capturing the variety of ways in which public sector organizations emerge, survive, and terminate, new perspectives on how administrative systems evolve can be presented and compared.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)773-782
    Number of pages10
    JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2012

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