This book presents a first ever discussion on the pathological dimensions of the functioning of sick organizations, with a focus on the Administrative System of Kerala, in which the concept of institutional pathology is not only introduced, but also illustrated with demonstrative examples
Thus the book provides a framework for dealing with both symptoms and root causes of institutional pathology, accompanied by discussions on experience-based examples from different situations in the State of Kerala in India, to enhance an understanding of institutional sickness.
Politicians, higher level bureaucrats, union leaders of the nearly six lakhs strong government employees as well as the wrongly motivated government employees together have transformed the Kerala Administrative system into a self-perpetuation instrument for these elements of the Kerala Society, with practically nothing to offer to the tax payers whose money enables them to enjoy princely status in the society, with constant improvements in their economic prosperity, quality of life, security, and status in the society that is denied the services and service satisfactions that it owes from the parasitic class that has become the masters of the society.
The tax burden of the society is ever on the increase, with no proportionate improvements in the quantum and quality of services being delivered to it, while the economic prosperity, quality of life, security, and socio-political status of its masters gets predictably escalated. This is the trap of democracy and development that the Kerala Society is ill-fated to support and suffer from. .
The work of this book was conceptualized and executed on the basis of the author’s prolonged experience of about three decades as a professional trainer of all levels of government employees , from the lowest to the highest, as well as an organizational improvement consultant to a large number of service delivery organizations.
This book turns out to be a most useful handbook for those interested in planning and implementing training programmes for middle and higher level Government functionaries aimed at facilitating over all administrative improvement, and to those political leaders, if any, interested in improving their own performance, as well as to students of social sciences, especially public administration.