Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 4 2006, page 10-27.
Peter Hagedorn-Rasmussen, Jeppe Højland og John Storm Pedersen
The article brings into focus the challenges that managers and employees are met with as a result of the prospective Reform of the Municipal System in Denmark (the Reform). The article takes the intentions of the Reform, about creating better and cheaper solutions, as a starting point. Two scenarios for the development of public institutions are described as possible means to achieve these ends. The scenarios imply demands as well as opportunities for managers and employees, and the challenges are examined by means of three cases. The article exposes how managers and employees may shape the direction of implementation. The conclusion emphasizes that managers and employees may achieve greater influence on the processes of development than it occurs to day. The reason is that they presently approach the reform with a rather short time perspective, thus focusing on primarily structural and economic challenges to the institutions. This leaves subjects, on how the Reform may support (or not) work processes and quality on a longer basis, unresolved. The consequences of this are discussed and recommendations on how managers and employees – in common – may cope with the prospective challenges are proposed.