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Training Practices within Human Resource Management Policy Implementation and Public Sector Reform in CEE Transition Countries: Case Study about the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance

Jetcheva, Anelia (2009) Training Practices within Human Resource Management Policy Implementation and Public Sector Reform in CEE Transition Countries: Case Study about the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance.

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Abstract:Present paper delivers an analysis of training outcomes in the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance. I focus on those in their role of increasing organizational performance. I find it relevant, since the goal for improved performance arises from the need of Bulgarian public administration to be more professional. This need results from the in-between condition that they are facing. Some rules and procedures from the old communist regime enable this condition of difficulty to break the initial status quo and establish democracy and market economy. In addition, the insufficient knowledge and understanding of democratic and market economic operations add up to the obstacles that the communist structure poses. These consequently lead to a slower process of transition that prevents state’s political, social and economic development to foster. The transition circumstances that CEE countries experience at the moment are no exception for the state of Bulgaria. After the collapse of the communist regime, the Bulgarian government also realized the need to speed up the establishment of democracy through public sector reform. The problem of insufficient qualification of civil servants is among the main problems and reform areas for Bulgaria too. Due to that the government puts a lot of reform efforts in building administrative capacity in the public sector. Additional motivation for this main goal of the state is the accession to the European Union. Since the beginning of the public sector reform in Bulgaria overlaps in time with the start of the EU negotiations process, I conclude that EU is a strong factor that influences the reform process. This is due to the fact that most reform efforts target to fulfill the requirements for joining the EU. And among the EC recommendations for Bulgaria to join the EU, the emphasis on modernization of public administration represents a main precondition. Due to that I have decided to focus the current research on investigating whether the level of qualification of Bulgarian public administration had increased as a consequence of this public sector reform and EU accession process. The way I have chosen to do it is through an organizational case for the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance. I would like to see whether there are currently better methods for improving civil servants’ qualification. If there are qualified methods, this will consequently mean that the level of qualification is increasing too. Since, I relate degree of professionalization to performance levels; I will estimate factors that enable the increase of performance. A main factor here is the provision of training and that is why I focus on analyzing training results. Therefore, I want to check specifically whether implementation of training has improved in the ministry. I will do that through analyzing documents and training results for the period of 2006 – 2007.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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