The UK Intellectual Property Office: An exploration of change
University of Wales
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The research sets out to identify factors that have brought change in the government UK Intellectual Property Office in the context of change in the public sector and Civil Service. The research explores the historical background to public sector change over a 70 year period in terms of what, how, and why such changes have arisen and the factors that have intended to influence change. The research reviews the Civil Service from an agencification concept perspective in terms of executive agency creation, "Next Steps" agencies and determination of practice and status. The research explores the perspective of executive agencies in terms of role, model, purpose and key characteristics, management and focus, performance measurement, target setting and performance and determines characteristics of executive agencies. The research explores the context of the UK Intellectual Property Office pre and post agency status and identifies factors related and unrelated to agency status affecting change and continuity pre and post agencification from a general, policy, performance, strategy and management perspective as well as identifying the reasons for change and continuity pre and post agency status. The research analyses the findings in the UKIPO in relation to the historical review, agencification concept and from the UKIPO perspective research material from a general, policy, performance, strategy and management perspective. Conclusions are drawn of change and the factors of most influence affecting the agency from these perspectives over a 20 year period are set out together with the reasoning believed to be behind change and continuity. Conclusions about the study and the general implications from the study are reported and the related factors and outside factors unrelated to agency status which have contributed to this change are shown in diagrammatical form. Ideas for the future and identification of strategic directional tools for assessing organisation capability conclude the research.
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