Academic journal article Journal of Community Positive Practices

Organisational Analysis: The Environmental Guard from Romania - Getting Ready for Change

Academic journal article Journal of Community Positive Practices

Organisational Analysis: The Environmental Guard from Romania - Getting Ready for Change

Article excerpt

Abstract: Researchers in the sociology of organizations are increasingly attracted in recent years, the subfield of organizational change, the speed with which new types of organizations appear and the speed with which the change or even disappear, justifying the increased interest. The present study includes a theoretical approach on the organizational change issues and an analysis on some semi structured interviews with Environmental Guard (Garda de Mediu) managers. «Interrogation» and the interpretation of the interviewees' speeches will be made in terms of their attitude towards the changes made in their organization, alongside with Romania joining the European Union. In this analysis a part of the data collected through research undertaken in the CNCSIS 707 Grant "The public construction of Europeanization. Institutional practices and adjustment to European norms". The research and scientific diagnoses dedicated to the organizational development processes reveals special emphasis to be placed on issues like: change agents, internal and external factors of change, new change models - Learning Organization.

The analysis of the interviewees' speeches (two deputy chief commissioners and three managers) show the importance of creativity in the adaptation process of Romanian institutions to the European regulations as well as acquisition of some procedures which led to obtaining good results in managing environmental issues by other member states in the European Union. Also worth mentioning are the concerns towards the local aspects of the environmental field but also to the necessity of connecting change objectives with financial and human resources.

Key-words: Organizational change; Internal and external factors; European Union; Learning Organization; Resistance to change

1. Introduction

The process of integration of a country into organisations/regional, continental or even global unions inevitably calls waves of adaptation at the institutional/ organisational level. Regarding the adaptation to the European and world policies of environmental governance (see McCarthy, 2007 and Wysocki, 2012), aspects such as convergence and collaboration are increasingly involved, because in this field it is not enough to act at the local or regional level in order to have the expected results in the "relations with nature". The ways of adaptation as sometimes more adequate, sometimes less adequate, depending on the type of knowledge about the changes which are to take effect or which have already been implemented, and also depending in the preparedness for change of the agents of change (managers/ directors) from the particular organisations. The adaptation of the public institutions from Romania to the European regulations is described by some authors in terms of Europeanization, which presumes the development of a logic of adapting the community mechanisms to the national systems (Beciu & Perpelea, p. 16). The effort of adaptation to European practices can be related to the implementation of reforms about which some authors consider that they need careful planning without which the functioning of the public organisations would be even less efficient than before (Hintea, 2011). One of the solutions at hand of the people confronted with some type of change is the development of good practices, but they too are not fail proof as some researchers have shown: no problem is good for anyone or for any type of situation (Koumalatsou E., 2011, p.126). The review of the different views on the answers formulated by the people or groups affected by reformative or adaptative changes made us wonder how much prepared are the leaders of an institution (particularly those from the Environmental Guard) to find efficient solutions to the problem of organisational change.

The environmental Guard from Romania has been established in 2003. The general commissariat (headquarters in Bucharest) is lead by the following team: a general commissar, a director of cabinet, three deputy general commissars and seven directors; there are three regional commissariats and fifteen county commissariats (according to http://www. …

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