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Organisational status change and performance: The case of Ireland's national telecommunications operator


  • Palcic, Dónal
  • Reeves, Eoin


Ireland's national telecommunications operator, Telecom Éireann, was privatised in 1999 after over a decade of commercialisation within the public sector. This article provides an in-depth economic analysis of the impact of commercialisation and privatisation on Telecom Éireann's productivity over the period 1985-2001. Disentangling the effects of privatisation from other factors that impact on productivity is problematic. Accordingly, a three-dimensional organisational status change framework incorporating ownership, product market competition and internal organisational structure is adopted. We find no clear evidence that ownership change had a significant impact on productivity. Improvements were associated with competition and the impending deregulation of the market as well as considerable changes in the internal organisational structure of the firm.

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  • Palcic, Dónal & Reeves, Eoin, 0. "Organisational status change and performance: The case of Ireland's national telecommunications operator," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(5-6), pages 299-308, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:telpol:v:34:y::i:5-6:p:299-308

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    1. Vergés, Joaquim, 2014. "RESULTADOS y consecuencias DE LAS PRIVATIZACIONES de Empresas Públicas: Una perspectiva internacional
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    2. Covadonga Gijón Tascón & Teresa Garín-Muñoz, & Teodosio Pérez-Amaral, 2012. "Satisfaction and protection of individual mobile telecommunications consumers," Documentos de Trabajo del ICAE 2012-21, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico.
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