Title

BPR versus outsourcing -Critical perspectives

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Public Management

School

School of Business

RAS ID

363

Comments

Dobson, P.J. (2002). BPR versus outsourcing -critical perspectives. In: Lethbridge, N. (Ed.). E-conomy- from here to where? 3rd international We-B conference. Churchlands, Australia: Edith Cowan University School of Management Information Systems We-B Centre.

Abstract

This article presents a case example involving the renaming of an organizational change process from "BPR" to "outsourcing". The paper discusses the important ramifications of such a name change in that the recognition of outsourcing allowed an organizational commitment to counselling and termination advice. The paper discusses two different ways of looking at the name change, one from a critical theory perspective and one from a realist perspective. It demonstrates how theory can provide useful yet markedly different interpretations of such organizational events. Critical theory operates from within what can be termed the transitive epistemological dimension whereas critical realism tends to emphasize the importance of ontological issues. Each has important things to say about the situation and improves our understanding overall.

 
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