The Pains and Pleasures of Restructuring

Source: Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, IBM Center for the Business of Government, 2011

Big problems call for big solutions. And so, with the states mired in historically unpleasant fiscal times, many have decided they need to go far beyond Band-Aid solutions in favor of tourniquets and transplants….But although there’s a real attraction to restructuring government in a variety of ways, it’s not easy. Unless these efforts can actually reduce staff, increase productivity or save money by combining back office operations, it can be like reshuffling the chairs on a leaky boat (we hesitate to use the usual cliché because we don’t really think the federal government or the states are as bad off as the Titanic).
See also:
Reorganization Magic

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