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The United Nations Development Program: From a Hierarchy to an Information Based Network Organization

Anne Holohan,

Presented at ASIST 2004 Annual Meeting; "Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts" (ASIST AM 04), Providence, Rhode Island, November 13 - 18, 2004


The United Nations Development Program has been undergoing a restructuring and a transformation from a hierarchical bureaucratic organization to a flatter, more flexible, information based network organization. A Business Re-engineering Team has been established, which is overseeing three organization-wide information technology based projects. One of these is a Portal, an electronic gateway to all the information within the UNDP, which had its initial ‘roll-out’ in June 2002. This paper examines the facilitating and obstructing factors to the success of this project. By extension, I illuminate the facilitating and obstructing factors to the ongoing transformation to a network organization of the UNDP, and indeed the United Nations as a whole.

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