The path to Project Darwin : the evolution of the AMP's organisational structure

Keneley, Monica 2012, The path to Project Darwin : the evolution of the AMP's organisational structure, Business history, vol. 54, no. 3, Special Issue : >Not-for-profit, pp. 346-362, doi: 10.1080/00076791.2011.638484.

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Title The path to Project Darwin : the evolution of the AMP's organisational structure
Author(s) Keneley, MonicaORCID iD for Keneley, Monica
Journal name Business history
Volume number 54
Issue number 3
Season Special Issue : >Not-for-profit
Start page 346
End page 362
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2012-06
ISSN 0007-6791
Keyword(s) Australian life insurance
Australian Mutual Provident Society
organisational change
mutual heritage
Summary Demutualisation became a global trend amongst financial sector firms in the last two decades of the twentieth century. Changes to the organisational foundations of mutual firms represented a shift in operational cultures and have often been viewed as an end point or demise of the co-operative business model. It is the intention of this article to investigate the extent to which this was the case within a major mutual institution, the Australian Mutual Provident, Australia's oldest and largest mutual insurer. The article's key argument is that the concept of mutuality is organic, and that within this organisation it evolved as the structure of the firm became more sophisticated as it developed from a supplier of life insurance products into a sophisticated financial services provider, which ultimately generated internal pressures to demutualise.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00076791.2011.638484
Field of Research 140209 Industry Economics and Industrial Organisation
150204 Insurance Studies
Socio Economic Objective 910203 Industrial Organisations
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
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