Fernando Nieto Morales

Winner Dissertation Prize 2016

The Control Imperative: studies on reorganization in the public and private sectors.

Supervisor: Prof. 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.