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Organization Theory and the Public Sector

Instrument, Culture and Myth, 1st Edition

By Tom Christensen, Per Lægreid, Kjell Arne Rovik

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Description

Public sector organizations are fundamentally different to their private sector counterparts. They are multi-functional, follow a political leadership, and the majority do not operate in an external market. In an era of rapid reform, reorganization and modernization of the public sector, this book offers a timely and illuminating introduction to the public sector organization that recognizes its unique values, interests, knowledge and power-base.

Drawing on both instrumental and institutional perspectives within organization theory, as well as democratic theory and empirical studies of decision-making, this text addresses five central aspects of the public sector organization:

  • goals and values
  • leadership and steering
  • reform and change
  • effects and implications
  • understanding and design.

This volume challenges conventional economic analysis of the public sector, arguing instead for a democratic-political approach and a new, prescriptive organization theory. A rich resource of both theory and practice, Organization Theory for the Public Sector: Instrument, Culture and Myth is essential reading for anybody studying the public sector.

Table of Contents

1. Organization Theory for the Public Sector 2. An Instrumental Perspective 3. A Cultural Perspective 4. A Myth Perspective 5. Goals and Values 6. Leadership and Steering 7. Reform and Change 8. Effects and Implications 9. Understanding and Design

About the Authors

Tom Christensen is Professor of Public Administration and Organization Theory at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway. His main research interests include national, central and comparative public administration and reform.

Per Lægreid is Professor at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway. He has published numerous books and articles on public administration, administrative policy, organizational reform and institutional change.

Paul G. Roness is a Professor at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway. His main fields of interest are organization theory, administrative reforms in central government and state employees’ unions.

Kjell Arne Røvik is Professor of Organization Theory at the Department of Political Science, University of Tromsø, Norway. His main research interest is the production, diffusion and adoption of popular management ideas among formal organizations.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS085000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
BUS101000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management