Organizing Process: Competency and Change in Public Sector Work Practices

Peer Hull Kristensen, Anders Bojesen

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This paper invites to discuss the processes of individualization and organizing being carried out under what we might see as an emerging regime of change. The underlying argumentation is that in certain processes of change, competence becomes questionable at all times. The hazy characteristics of this regime of change are pursued through a discussion of competencies as opposed to qualifications illustrated by distinct cases from the Danish public sector in the search for repetitive mechanisms. The cases are put into a general perspective by drawing upon experiences from similar change processes in MNCs. The paper concludes by asking whether we can escape from a regime of competence in a world defined by a rhetoric of change and create a more promising world in which doubt and search serve as a strategy for gaining knowledge and professionalism that improve on our capability for mutualism.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
PublisherDepartment of Business and Politics. Copenhagen Business School
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)8791690102
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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