n South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences - The effect of privatisation on front line employees in a service organisation

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-8812
  • E-ISSN: 2222-3436



A government organisation in the water supply business was faced with the challenge of changing their traditional way of doing business to operate as a profitdriven entity. This research focuses on how privatisation has affected front-line service employees. Both the front-line service employees and management were interviewed and included as cases to investigate changes that have occurred as a result of privatisation. These cases revealed that after privatisation front line service employees have received better training, appreciated a better system of communication, experienced a higher degree of empowerment and enjoyed an organisational culture that is more customer focused. The research, however, indicated lower levels of motivation, that employees do not appreciate an improvement in their reward system neither do they get feedback regarding their achievements and that they experience little job security.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error