Industrial restructuring: facilitating organizational change at the firm level

Bessant, John and Kaplinsky, Raphael (1995). Industrial restructuring: facilitating organizational change at the firm level. World Development, 23(1) pp. 129–141.



In 1991 the Dominican Republic committed itself to an industrial strategy involving a transition from mass production and the widespread introduction of organizational change in individual firms, in relationships between firms and in the linkages between firms, and the institutional infrastructure supporting industrial activity. The general statement of policy was not, however, reflected at the productive level. Consequently steps were taken to promote the diffusion of organizational change through training courses and a pilot-plant program. This paper describes the techniques utilized during the first phase of this policy intervention. Given the Dominican Republic's per capita income (less than $700) and its low level of human resource development, it is argued that this form of policy intervention is of widespread relevance to other less-developed countries. [math mode missing closing $]

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