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Organisational change and success in a government enterprise: Malaysia’s Federal Land Development Agency


  • Michael O’Donnell

    (UNSW Canberra, Australia)

  • Norma Binit Mansor

    (University of Malaya, Malaysia)

  • Kunaraguru Yogeesvaran

    (Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia)

  • Azlan Rashid

    (Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia)


This article charts and analyses the change path and various transformations of Malaysia’s state-owned enterprise, the Federal Land Development Agency, from its establishment in the 1960s to the present. The analysis supports arguments that the model of the developmental state, based on planned public/private cooperation, provides an alternative policy prescription to that of sole reliance on the self-regulating market. The Federal Land Development Agency is shown not only to have survived but also to have thrived as an economic development arm of the Malaysian state, successfully adapting to the changing environment in which it operates. To delineate the changes, a framework of punctuated equilibrium is utilised as it best captures the instances of rapid discontinuous change and the periods of incremental change and relative stability.

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  • Michael O’Donnell & Norma Binit Mansor & Kunaraguru Yogeesvaran & Azlan Rashid, 2017. "Organisational change and success in a government enterprise: Malaysia’s Federal Land Development Agency," The Economic and Labour Relations Review, , vol. 28(2), pages 234-251, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:ecolab:v:28:y:2017:i:2:p:234-251
    DOI: 10.1177/1035304617706847

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    More about this item


    Developmental state; economic development; FELDA; land settlement; Malaysia; punctuated equilibrium; state-owned enterprises;
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    JEL classification:

    • L73 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Forest Products
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • O21 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Planning Models; Planning Policy
    • P41 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Planning, Coordination, and Reform
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment


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