Belgium: Staff Participation in the Copernic Reform

  • Myriam Parys
  • Annie Hondeghem

Abstract

The 1999 elections were a milestone in the modernization of federal administration in Belgium. The new government started an ambitious modernization programme aimed at introducing a new organizational structure, the so-called virtual matrix structure, a new HR-vision based on competency management, a new management culture introducing the principles of responsibility and accountability of managers, and a new way of working based on a re-engineering of organizational processes. The Copernic reform envisaged a federal administration providing better service for citizens and being a better employer for public servants. It is an archetypal case study of change management in the public sector. The research upon which this chapter is based involved a study of the relevant literature, such as policy documents and press statements, and interviews with key stakeholders.

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Europe Income Dinates Defend OECD 

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