Alexander Kouzmin's research while affiliated with Southern Cross University and other places

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Within competitive advantage considerations, knowledge has emerged as one of the more strategic assets for organisations. This is notwithstanding a wider and specifically economistic discounting of knowledge as a factor of production. Intellectual capabilities and knowledge/information transformations now have a central place within globalising inf...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the critical assumptions lying behind the Anglo American model of corporate governance. Design/methodology/approach Literature review examining the concept of a nexus of contracts underpinning agency theory which, it is argued, act as the platform for neo‐liberal corporate governance focusing on shar...
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There is no surprise that the list of economic issues that have moral implications is very long, encompassing many aspects, and some are hotly debated in the media. Financial crisis and executive remuneration is under intense scrutiny. That economic decisions involve morality and that the two cannot be easily separated was clear to Adam Smith (1776...
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This chapter presents a framework for a Weberian (1992) “ideal type” mapping of visible and invisible power within what Albrow (1996) refers to as “epochal” change from one distinctive arrangement of power and the related social contract to another arrangement of power and the related social contract. This chapter also questions claims that those i...
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Purpose Post 9/11 events not only exposed the visible and invisible aspects of the often intertwined self‐interest of political, economic and especially religious elites, but also presented a practical and ideological vacuum susceptible to “once and for all” opportunistic fantasies of ultra and Neo‐conservative, cum religious, fanatics. The purpose...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the “ethics and transparency‐accountability” paradox in which the oft‐repeated mantras of ethical luminosity, such as transparency and accountability, appear designed to assure one that all is well when such confirmation is, possibly, no more than part of an illusion – a superficiality purporting to c...
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This article rejects the continuing reliance upon discredited economic and social compacts. It questions the possibility for an ethical, nonexploitative capitalism and directs attention to the political and political economy foundations of contemporary neoliberal global capitalism. There has been a pervasive focus on the power arrangements involved...
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Since the Roman Republic, members of groups at the top of the social stratum have interacted and continue to interact with each other socially and business wise, deeply conscious of and responsive to each other’s interest (Mills, 1956). These intricately connected networks, the so-called elite connections, come about through the influential roles i...
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Issues of ‘visibility’ and ‘invisibility’ are not new. Constructing ‘realities’ has always involved a manipulation of what is seen and not seen. One must be aware of the invisible behind what is permitted to be visible and how one must deal with the invisible before efficaciously reacting to the visible. The visible and the invisible and the gradua...
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Technological innovation continually shifts boundaries of possibilities and at the same time challenges ethical dimensions. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology challenges both what is possible and what is ethical. On this basis, this paper incorporates an analysis of RFID development and provides penetrating insight concerning the ethi...
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Public policy in Neo-liberalism is fraught with crisis vulnerability. Crises, as “created” opportunities, compound the situation. Rent seeking answers the proposition in the positive. Public Choice ideological agendas and the imperial extension of such agendas into other disciplinary discourses represents the clearest, continuing danger to democrat...
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A critical analysis of contemporary strategic management theory and practice suggests that modernist, linear thinking has facilitated the development of an abstracted reality which is misleading to managers and fundamentally flawed. It is argued that formulaic strategic tools such as those propounded by Porter fail to capture the reality of the com...
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Economic state crimes against democracy (E-SCADs)—are aimed primarily at financial gain. Representative government, based on New Public Management's "lean and mean" assumptions, is increasingly vulnerable to E-SCADs because of deregulation and the growing use of outsourcing, privatization, no-bid contracts, and public-private partnerships (PPPs). E...
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Much has been written about Wall Street and the global financial crisis (GFC). From a fraudulent derivatives market to a contestable culture of banking bonuses, culpability has been examined within the frames of American praxis, namely that of American exceptionalism. This study begins with an exploratory analysis of non-US voices concerning the na...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to highlight the serious limitations of neo‐liberal capitalism and urge for a shift to socialized capital before further economic deterioration leads to a succession of global conflicts. Design/methodology/approach This conceptual paper adopts a macro perspective in presenting argument on how global, financial...
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The last thirty years have seen the fundamental re-structuring of many public sectors. Policy-makers looked to markets to overcome political conflicts triggered by the perceived increase in the scarcity of resources, including the once-sacrosanct public domain of social security (Dixon/Hyde 2001; Dixon/Kouzmin 2001a, 2001b; Hyde/ Dixon/Drover 2006)...
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Purpose – Employee ownership has attracted much attention across the globe. Whether affected by the global financial crisis (GFC), or not, this paper seeks to canvass what is known about employee ownership in neo-liberal political economies. Design/methodology/approach – This paper is a literature review, cross cultural analysis and critique. Findi...
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Aimed at reinforcing the democratic values of freedom of speech and increased diversity in civic access to the means of communication, this paper examines the concept of democracy within an information and communication technology-mediated context. Discussion proceeds with an analysis of orthodox views adopted by Jefferson and the architects of the...
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As a response to the junk debt-inspired global economic crisis, governments, with supra-national organizational approval, have appropriated billions of taxpayers dollars for bailouts, have set up special funds and underwritten depositors savings in the desperate hope of alleviating the threat of rapid, economic decline and systemic destruction of v...
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Technological innovation continually shifts boundaries of possibilities and at the same time challenges ethical dimensions. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology challenges both what is possible and what is ethical. On this basis, this paper incorporates an analysis of RFID development and provides penetrating insight concerning the ethi...
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As a response to the “junk-debt”- inspired, global, economic crisis, governments, with supra-national organizational approval, have appropriated billions of taxpayers’ dollars for bail-outs, have set-up special funds and under-written depositors’ savings in the desperate hope of alleviating the threat of rapid, economic decline and systemic destruc...
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Barack Obama's election to the presidency offers scholars a rare opportunity to test their theories of modern representative democracy and US government. Different theories imply different trajectories for US politics and policy under Obama's leadership. In this article, the authors present one such theory, draw out its prognosis for the new admini...
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The ellipses of due diligence riddling the official account of the 9/11 incidents continue being ignored by scholars of policy and public administration. This article introduces intellectual context for examining the policy heuristic “State Crimes Against Democracy” (SCAD) (deHaven-Smith, 2006) and its usefulness for better understanding patterns o...
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The irrelevance of habeas corpus and the abolition of “double jeopardy,” secret and protracted outsourcing of detention and torture, and increasing geographic prevalence of surveillance technologies across Anglo-American “democracies” have many citizens concerned about the rapidly convergent, authoritarian behavior of political oligarchs and the ac...
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This article considers whether a new agency of the national government - Infrastructure Australia - can effectively overcome the many gaps in governance, accountability and performance monitoring, which surround the development and operation of major economic infrastructure projects, gained through public-private partnerships, also known as Private...
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Hurricane Katrina and post-Katrina audits are an on-going project for public affairs scholarship. Much has been written but critical frameworks of analysis are minimal. Crisis communication taxonomies are rich and fruitful in understanding the framing of calamitous events. In revisiting a previous mapping of crisis communication vulnerability point...
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The article focuses on the strains brought about by modernism and postmodernism. It mentions that the public choice theory (PCT) involves the reconsideration of the public administration following the colonization by an economic canon which leads to another sect of economics. All modernist ontology is said to have been eliminated by poststructural/...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to overview and critique the over-reach of highly ideological assumptions of neo-classical economics into policy and governance terrains. The ontology and epistemology of neo-classical economics know no bounds in their imperial extension to non-market applications. The colonization of Public Administration in...
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Distinctive from the arts and sciences from which it draws, public administration scholarship is inextricably defined by zeitgeist; for such scholarship must, one way or the other, come to terms with "what is to be done" in the face of any number of pressing, real-time dilemmas. In this respect, the Minnowbrook "tradition" derives in major part fro...
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Since World War Two, the role of non profit think tanks in the United States has grown and diversified. Today, the United States' government and Congress is advised on many matters of policy-making and implementation by such think tanks. The Westminster system of parliament, as practised in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, ha...
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In 1819, Benjamin Constant gave a speech at the Athenee Royal in Paris on how conceptions of liberty changed from the time of the Athenian polis to 1819. After a period of revolutionary upheaval in the United States and France, observed that in the ancient world citizens defined liberty in terms of their positive participation in the affairs of gov...
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In 1819, Benjamin Constant gave a speech at the Athenee Royal in Paris on how conceptions of liberty changed from the time of the Athenian polis to 1819. After a period of revolutionary upheaval in the United States and France, observed that in the ancient world citizens defined liberty in terms of their positive participation in the affairs of gov...
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The question of paradigm “shift” or paradigm “continuity” in the virtual worlds of controllable and exploitative existence needs to be canvassed. Web 1.0 hubris seems to be augmented by a newer Web 2.0-based propaganda and related, commercial discourses involving the putative “liberating” politico-economic contours of cyberspace. The “democratizing...
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Hurricane Katrina was as much a communication disaster as it was a natural and bureaucratic disaster. Communication gaps, missed signals, information technology failures, administrative buffering, turf battles, and deliberate and unintentional misinterpretations delayed and handicapped both the recognition of the crisis that Katrina posed and the r...
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Traditionally, leaders were referred to as lscaptains of the shiprs (Korac-Kakabadse/ Kouzmin 1997) to denote their stewardship role in operating the organization entrusted to their care. Their primary tasks were to balance competing requirements and align organizational goals with a diversity of human behaviour. The primary source of wisdom and di...
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Positioned in a critical realist perspective, this paper examines the impact of systematic and institutional distortion to communication and the use of information and communicative technology (ICT) for control over citizen participation within the Liberal-democratic process. The paper contrasts the Jeffersonian vision of democracy against Bentham'...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to engage and provoke thought amongst strategists that their frameworks are bound by their cultural mindsets. The paper aims to explore the need for a new ethical model that accounts for the cultural differences of the participants from Western and Eastern Europe Design/methodology/approach This paper applies t...
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In 1819, Benjamin Constant gave a speech at the Athenee Royal in Paris on how conceptions of liberty changed from the time of the Athenian polis to 1819. After a period of revolutionary upheaval in the United States and France, observed that in the ancient world citizens defined liberty in terms of their positive participation in the affairs of gov...
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As a result of heightened competition in the marketplace and the shift from a resource-based economy to a knowledge-based economy, companies are looking more and more at gaining competitive advantage through managing and maximizing their most valuable asset knowledge. Although knowledge and knowledge management (KM) are not new concepts, knowledge...
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This chapter explores effects of information technology (IT) at the beginning of the third millennium, and its ramifications for labour organization, business and culture. IT is conceptualized as a catalyst for a period of seminal change within the global economy. The lack of IT awareness, social diversity, and the need to tap the creative synergy...
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Careless conversations on the part of managers to each other and to other employees have an enormous human resource cost to organisations and, emotionally, to those involved.
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These five papers present research on much neglected issues of organizational ignorance, incompetence and failure within Knowledge Management and Knowledge Transfer contexts
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With remuneration packages deliberately focused around an economic-rationalist “brutality,” what discourse allows moments of regret and accommodates the inevitable need for personal accountability?
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The use of information and communication technology (ICT) to gain a competitive ad- vantage has been one of the key strategic issues of agencies and organizations in the rapidly glob- alizing environment. Many public sector agencies have adopted a re-engineering strategy as a guiding principle for change; employing ICT as an enabling tool to achiev...
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There are many ways to construct an incentive program. However, most compensation plans tend to be focused on profitability and profitability-related accomplishments with little or no incentive for corporate social responsibility. Director’s compensation continues to climb with the United States leading and Britain following modestly behind. The qu...
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There are many ways to construct an incentive program. However, most compensation plans tend to be focused on profitability and profitability‐related accomplishments with little or no incentive for corporate social responsibility. Director's compensation continues to climb with the United States leading and Britain following modestly behind. The qu...
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Improved integration, centralized databases, access through Web browsers and application service providers (ASPs) are some of the current trends impacting on organizational decisions regarding IS/IT outsourcing. Web-based technology liberated the client/server IT model from the limits of geographical boundaries delimited by a local area network. Pa...
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The ability of governments to discern and solve different types of crisis situations is a topic of long-standing academic interest (see, for example, Pal 1985; Pollit et al. 1990; Dimock 1991; Micklethwait and Wooldridge 1996; Roe 2001). In particular, we have the protracted debates surrounding Graham Allison’s (1971) analysis of the Cuban Missile...
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Duplicity and propaganda constitute much of the emerging discourse on a “borderless” “new world order.” Deconstructing neoliberal propaganda is one issue. Understanding other colluding discourses is another. Postmodern rhetoric has yet to understand its complicity in refusing to acknowledge and critique the totalizing discourse of neoliberalism and...
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Where do all the management theories and fads come from? Why are they so different and constantly changing. This paper develops a comprehensive and dynamic cognitive formwork from an understanding of the formulations of Aquinas, Lonergan, Jung, Weber and the Enneagram. The synthesis is new and goes beyond each of the sources to present a more syste...
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This paper uses social theory to explicate the competing perspectives on the on-going and, increasing, privatization of public services in the U.K. It suggests that if business ignores these perspectives then political imperatives will come into play that will inevitably turn privatization initiatives commercially sour.  Contrary to political rheto...
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This paper discusses the changing psychological contract at work and its relationship to knowledge management praxis.
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This paper proposes a style of leadership that is appropriate to manage knowledge workers and the nature of the new psychological contract between them.
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The present patenting of “life” and the rush to economically “harvest” people warrants the Knowledge Management discourse to broaden its focus and its time horizons.
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The German civil service is embarking on a process that will determine how it will look and function in 2025. The process, if Australia’s experience is any indication, will be messy and confusing, but fascinating, to both the ministers and civil servants involved and to the academics who observe and critically comment. The problems to be addressed...
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Academic and practitioner interpretations of knowledge management are captured through a comprehensive taxonomy of knowledge models. How knowledge is absorbed raises the question as to whether focus should be placed on knowledge transfer or knowledge management. It is concluded that the contextual demands for knowledge application dictate which pat...
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Three societies with similar initiatives for public service re-configuration and reform – the UK, Canada and Australia – are examined to highlight the many-faceted issues of public service ethics and the different approaches these governments have taken to re-building public trust and enhancing public service ethics in times of rapid change. These...
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Used routinely for several centuries, generally when referring to the exercise of authority within a given sphere, the term governance in its contemporary sense is essentially about creating the "conditions for ordered rule and collective action" (Stoker, 1998, p. 17). In its simplest form, governance is the exercise of political, economic, and adm...
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Postindustrial societies have arrived at a moment of immense democratic and entrepreneurial opportunities that has been made possible by information technology. At the same time, however, these opportunities pose potential threats if they are not debated and planned for in consensuallylegitimate ways. This article examines the current problems of r...
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The last twenty years have seen the fundamental re-structuring of many public sectors. Policy-makers have increasingly looked to markets to overcome political conflicts triggered by the perceived increase in the scarcity of resources, including the once-sacrosanct public domain of social security (Dixon/Hyde 2001; Dixon/Kouzmin 2001a; 2001b). The “...
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Pressures to introduce market reforms to public social security system emerged as a reaction to state welfare paternalism, drawing strength from the spirit of liberalism and emphasizing the virtues of the marketplace. Market reform advocates seek to shift the prevailing social security paradigm away from community solidarity to individual responsib...
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This paper relies on a “trinity of menetypes” of group knowing which captures the essential decision-making dynamics of board membership. Formal, corporate decision-making processes require higher commitments of time and cognitive energy of directors – certainly, the requirement is of non-executive directors to make more formal contributions to the...
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Spirituality is a long-neglected dimension in the leadership issue as it is in the psychological contract implicit in work organizations. Traditionally rooted in religion, there are wider spiritualities that the organizational actor can draw upon and a burgeoning literature on personal meaning and transformative leadership. This paper reviews leade...
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This paper reports on the outcome of research that examines the discourse of selected economic comment in the print media during the 1990s, and traces ways the discourse of economic commentators adapts to emerging socio-political challenges as they seek to explain contemporary events and predict the future. The space given these economic commentato...
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Whilst Knowledge Management (KM) is held to be cutting edge in leveraging competitive advantage in a putatively growing knowledge economy, substantively it is not a new leadership responsibility.Much about KM pertains to current, technologically driven attempts to capture, store and retrieve highly explicit and routine repertoires of organizational...
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Within a growing Knowledge-Management context, it would appear that Management Research calls for researchers to explicitly understand their own values, have increasing capacity for reflexivity and anticipate various ethical dilemmas that emerge from the research endeavour. This paper provides an overview of the philosophy of ethics and focuses on...
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This article canvasses the components that go to define the concept of governance and develops a framework to provide a coherent explanation of the dynamics of governance and the relationship between its many modes. To illustrate the validity of the governance framework, the paper focuses on the three primary patterns of governance as found in the...
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States that the major reasons for difficulties in cross-cultural communication stem from the fact that actors from different cultures have different understandings regarding the interaction process and different styles of dialogue. Suggests that better understanding of communication within other cultures is the key to success. Uses past literature...
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Within competitive advantage considerations, knowledge has emerged as one of the more strategic, although invisible, assets for organizations. This is notwithstanding a wider and specifically economistic and cognitive discounting of knowledge as a factor of production — largely ignoring the socially constructed and socially mediated nature of knowl...
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Examines access to justice, within the Australian context of an adversarial system, from a consumer’s perspective. It is argued that the current system of justice represents the most conservative element of Australian society and that the courtroom discourse structure and the legal professional code of practice do little to ensure access to justice...
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There persists the belief that a firm’s only responsibility to society is to maximize profits without breaking the law, hence the role of corporate governance is to provide appropriate corporate control. Research suggests that there is a growing perception that corporations are social entities overall, answerable to social constituencies and that t...
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Assumptions of resilience are frequently made about organizational actors, both by scholars and practitioners. It is argued that resilience is unlikely to be the usual outcome from the trauma routinely confronted in organizational life. It is suggested that ‘assumptions’ of resilience stem from either a reification of what is perceived to be a high...
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Fundamental “purposes” of Australian police organizations are examined, not with a view to solving the complex and ongoing question of an accountable police mandate, but to consider the difficulty of its reconciliation with the new managerialism sweeping numerous public organizations in Australia – police organizations included. Briefly explores th...
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The discourse about the inevitability/ubiquity of information technology (IT) transforming the globalizing workforce is developmentally and managerially one sided. Much of the rhetoric involved infers, on the one hand, libertarian, putatively democratic and innovative communicative capacities. On the other hand, managerial imperatives continue to i...
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Like industrialization, IT implies a progressive economic and administrative realization and differentiation of the social world. The adoption of new IT continually (re)defines work related and social roles, contributing to a significant shift in the international pattern of specialization and competitiveness at a rate often faster than related org...

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... Following decades of research, there is still no general understanding of how to define and think of knowledge management (e.g., Baskerville & Duplipovici, 2006;Lloria, 2008;Edwards et al, 2009). The reason why no universal definition exists is not, however, surprising as both knowledge and management as concepts are difficult to define (e.g., Styhre, 2003). Another reason why there is no general understanding, or perhaps the reason for many failed knowledge management projects, is that few studies have actually focused on how knowledge is shared in practice in day-to-day work. ...
... This direct access can lead to privacy loss when the consumer's personal information is collected, used and diffused. Privacy concerns have been identified by prominent social movement groups such as American Civil Liberties Union (Stefan Heng, 2006), Electronic Privacy Information Center (Maier, 2005) and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, 2014). These groups deplore the use of an invisible technology that targets consumers where their information is gathered through the tagged objects they carry in order to perform consumer profiling and behavior tracking (Glasser et al., 2007;Peslak, 2005;Wasieleski and Gal-Or, 2008). ...
... 2. Thorne and Kouzmin (2007) in Timney (2007) suggest an alternative reading. 3. Thayer's text was reviewed extensively in major journals when it first appeared in 1973 (the 1979 revision received considerably less attention; e.g., see Scott, 1983). ...
... This condensing is infused by a normative discourse that delineates a contemporary crisis "of values, of national direction, of the moral fabric" (Hardt However, conceiving the primary political referent as a product of the normalizing and regularizing rigors of various political technologies provides an avenue for seeing that both these dimensions are founded upon an underlying crisis (i.e., the general breakdown of representational, disciplinary technologies). To account for why and how this breakdown is occurring would be to begin a complex history of the last 30 years and to initiate a mapping of the transformation of biopolitics from administration to management, from the fabricating logic of internalization and discipline to the actuarialism of control and risk (Beck, 1992;Deleuze, 1995;Kouzmin, 2002;Rose, 2001). 9 Because this cannot be done here and already has been thoroughly done by others (Albrow, 1996;Barry, Osbourne, & Rose, 1997;Bogason, 2000;Brenner, 1998;Burchell, Gordon, & Miller, 1991;Castells, 1997Castells, , 2000Hardt & Negri, 2000;Harvey, 1990;Jameson, 1984;Latour, 1999;Power, 1997;Rose, 1999;Waters, 1996), I will rather briefly state what the implications are for the legitimacy question and public administration. ...
... speeches by central bankers, politicians) that investors take relevant to the economic situation ( Cheung and Chinn, 2001;Cheung et al., 2000;Ederington and Lee, 1993). Moreover, Oberlech-ner & Hocking (2004) and Callender & Kouzmin (2002) show that investors closely follow the fi nancial media, to learn about political and economic developments. Building on this scholarship, I conduct a content analysis of the Financial Times (FT) in the period from March to December 2010. ...
... Therefore, this study will adopt KM processes to identify knowledge related to the research questions, and then organise and share the results with key experts to develop a framework and fill the research gap. Due to the absence of a universal definition of KM practices [10][11][12][13], the most general definition of KM processes by [14], will be utilised for the purpose of this paper, which includes knowledge acquisition, storage, sharing and application. ...
... The uneven dispossessions effected by oil pipelines in these landscapesdwhere discursive and infrastructural erasures unite through processes that are similarly visibly invisibledare enacted through large-scale, complex bureaucratic structures. These structures are characterised by concentrations of private and political power that delegitimise the invisible spaces where the maximisation of profit shapes policy negotiations (see Thorne & Kouzmin's, 2013 analysis of the 'mutual interplay between visibility and invisibility' in the operations of power and hegemony). Structural violence is perpetuated exactly through these intentional discursive and material erasures, which obscure the relationships between cause and effect, actors and actions, intangible infrastructures and tangible dispossessions and bureaucratic procedures and consequent ecological and social destructions (Murrey, 2015b). ...
... Mexico: global aperture, novel players and traditional elite's struggle e detriment of central national power, the progression of local elites, global capitalism and the consolidation of international digital media corporations encouraged the arrival of a new kind of coalition: the global elites. ese new groups are characterized by three main aspects (Kakabadse et al., 2012): 1) a deep interest in acquiring foreign land and resources, b) the proliferation of proxy wars, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, and c) a stressed multi-porality, where global elites establish diverse networks to negotiate and to progress their private agendas, trying to avoid confrontation with each other. In the case of media, digital global elites, like Alphabet (Google) and Facebook, have become a threat to the traditional media elites who have played a predominant role in conguring the political landscape in many countries for decades. ...
... The former achieves organizational goals by directing, motivating, mobilizing, and influencing the latter. Seligman (1950) termed leadership as "Central Person"-what Korac-Kakabadse and Kouzmin (1997) called "captains of ship"-to describe their stewardship role in operating the organization entrusted to them (Kouzmin et al., 2007). ...
... The public service issues are very effectively opened up in a paper by Dixon, Davis and Kouzmin (2004) that explores the review of the German Civil Service launched to restructure and shape it until the year 2025. They note that debate is really about the contending perspectives that can govern public service reform. ...