Public organizational birth and death: Understanding the exigencies of an African political environment

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This research examines the application of theories of organizational birth and death in transitional and undemocratic political settings. Through the case study of the birth and death of the Ministry of Supplies and Marketing in Kenya, the author determines that theoretical explanations of organizational formation and demise do not necessarily fit a uniform profile. Under unstable and undemocratic environments, public organizations that are brought to life through decrees may also be unexpectedly vanished without following a logical and predictable cyclical sequence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-290
Number of pages18
JournalPublic Organization Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008



  • Kenya
  • Ministry of supplies and marketing
  • Organizational birth and death
  • Organizational environment
  • Reorganization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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