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Organizational Change Management: Privatization management of a Norwegian state-controlled firm
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies. (International Business)
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Privatization of state-owned or state-controlled firms is acknowledged as a global phenomenon. From the employees’ perspective, such transformation in an organization also means major changes in strategy, mindset, attitude and a firm's culture among other things. Many change management theories does not specifically focus on changes from state-owned enterprises into private-owned enterprises. Also, from a micro perspective, not many research studies show clearly how privatization influences organizational change and managerial practices within a firm. The purpose of this study was to find out from a micro perspective what measures were taken by the top management to transform a state-controlled firm into a private-owned firm. In addition, how top management and employees of a firm experienced such a transformation. The paper is based on a qualitative case study of Nemko AS, a Norwegian safety testing and approval firm of electrical equipments, that has transformed from being state-controlled into private-owned in the 1990s. The findings showed that culture is robust and cannot be changed easily; strong and visionary leadership was not a crucial factor during this change. Downsizing the firm, implementation of individual monitoring and environmental influences were Nemko’s key factors for success in terms of profitability and productivity. Implications for further study are also discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 44 p.
Abstracts of Uppsala dissertations from the Faculty of Social Sciences, ISSN 0346-6426
Keyword [en]
Change management, ADKAR, leadership, privatization, transformation, organizational transformation, resistance, motivation, communication.
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179792OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-179792DiVA: diva2:546260
Subject / course
Business Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Social Sciences
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-08-23 Created: 2012-08-23 Last updated: 2012-08-23Bibliographically approved

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