Research Prizes

Fernando Nieto Morales
PhD dissertation:
The Control Imperative: studies on reorganization in the public and private sectors.

Supervisor: Professor R.P.M. Wittek
Co-supervisor: Dr. L. Heyse
Nomination: University of Groningen, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

Report by the Selection Committee
This dissertation examines the important topic of reorganizations. It aims to understand some of the recent patterns of organizational change in the public and private sectors, using unique datasets from observations drawn from a study of private companies and governmental agencies in the Netherlands and Mexico. The results show, among other things, that managers do not necessarily embark on reorganizations because they are ‘in control’, but probably because they are not. The theoretical analyses by Morales, his use of the complex datasets and his conclusions are not only surprising but also very useful from an international perspective. The jury hopes its outcomes will be taken to heart and inspire managers in the future.

Fernando Nieto Morales is Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at the Center for International Studies of El Colegio de Mexico. His research and teaching focus on understanding organizational change in the public sector, bureaucratic pathologies and open government. His interests include: professionalization policies in Mexico, ‘red tape’, political trust in bureaucracies, performance and professionalism of NGOs, open government, and the relation between civil society and governmental officials. Born in Mexico City in 1984, he holds a BA in Politics and Public Administration (El Colegio de Mexico, 2007), an MSc in Behavioural and Social Sciences (University of Groningen, 2010), and a PhD in Sociology (University of Groningen, 2015). Recent publications by Nieto Morales include ‘The Imperative Control: Studies on reorganization in the public and private sectors’ (Amsterdam, 2015), ‘Organizational pathways compliant to reform implementation’ (Public Administration, 2015), ‘Building enforcement capacity. Evidence from the Mexican civil service reform’ (Public Administration and Development, 2014), ‘Evil tidings: Are reorganizations more successful if employees are informed early?’ (Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Socialpsychologie, 2014), and ‘After the reform: Change in Dutch public and private organizations’ (Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 2013). He has been a speaker at various international conferences and has been invited as guest teacher to the Hertie School of Governance (Germany), the University of Groningen (Netherlands), the Public Administration School of the Federal District (Mexico), and the National Institute of Public Administration (Mexico), among others.