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Management Reforms in International Organizations: a Comparative Analysis of the European Commission and the OECD

Wednesday January 30, 2008, at 14:00
Sala Seminario - Planta Baja IBEI
Christoph Knill (Universität Konstanz)
The paper comparatively investigates reforms of human resource management in the European Commission and the OECD. It analyzes to what extent both organizations have adjusted their respective structures towards the ideal type of the so-called New Public Management (NPM). The empirical findings show that reforms towards NPM are more pronounced in the Commission than in the OECD. These findings are surprising for two reasons. First, it seems rather paradoxical that the OECD as central promoter of NPM at the international level lags behind the global trend when it comes to reforming its own structures. Second, this result is in contradiction with theoretical expectations, as they can be derived from theories of institutional isomorphism. To nevertheless account for the surprising results, it is necessary to modify and complement existing theories especially with regard to the scope conditions of their causal mechanisms