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Title: Factors affecting organisational development in Iraqi public sector organisations.
Author: Ali, Sabah Hamid.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3413 8292
Awarding Body: University of Lancaster
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 1985
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This thesis considers the question of organisational development in Iraq and the role that senior public managers in the public sector of the economy in that country may have in the process. The argument begins with a consideration of the history of the country with special reference to the factors contributing to political instability, economic backwardness and the emergence of state planning of the economy. An understanding of the role of management in public sector organisations and the importance of organisation itself is developed through a consideration of scholarly work concerned with development and the character of organisation. This part of the thesis, which is primarily concerned with theoretical issues, culminates in a critique of contingency theory both as it has been developed by theorists and ex-patriate Arab scholars studying various middle-eastern countries. The conclusion of this consideration of contingency theory is the suggestion that, suitably amended, it can be used as the basis for research into organisational development in countries such as Iraq. In essence the amendments necessary are: to alter the concept of the environment so that it can take into account that in planned economies the most important influence on public sector organisations are the institutions of the state; and to adopt a more adequate definition of the culture and its impact on organisational forms. In the last part of the thesis the findings from an empirical survey of Senior managers in the Iraqi public sector are reported. As a result of this survey a good deal of information concerning the characteristics of Iraqi managers is discussed. The survey covers both factual details of the characteristics of Iraqi managers and also detailed information concerning their attitudes. On both these subjects there has been a negligible quantity of information available hitherto. In a final chapter which considers the survey results, an attempt is made to assess the extent to which subsamples of managers have different values and dispositionsand so might be thought more or less likely to bring about development through the active pursuit of policies designed to induce organisational change. In this way the empirical survey is directly related to the earlier historical and theoretical sections of the thesis
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Management & business studies