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Organizational Reputation in the Public Sector

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Edited by Arild Wæraas, Moshe Maor


250 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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A favorable reputation is an asset of importance that no public sector entity can afford to neglect because it gives power, autonomy, and access to critical resources. However, reputations must be built, maintained, and protected. As a result, public sector organizations in most OECD countries have increased their capacity for managing reputation. This edited volume seeks to describe, explain, and critically analyze the significance of organizational reputation and reputation management activities in the public sector.

This book provides a comprehensive first look at how reputation management and branding efforts in public organizations play out, focusing on public agencies as formal organizations with their own hierarchies, identities, and cultures – existing in a network of other public organizations with similar or different functions, power, and reputation. From this unique organizational perspective, the chapters in this volume examine issues such as organizational identity, power, conflict, politics, culture, and symbolism within the public sector. Paying specific attention to strategies and processes, and illustrating with examples from the countries of Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, Israel, Italy, and Sweden, the book deepens our understanding of reputation management efforts at various levels of government.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding organizational reputation in a public sector context Arild Wæraas & Moshe Maor Part I: Theoretical perspectives 2. Theorizing bureaucratic reputation Moshe Maor 3. Actors and strategies of the bureaucratic reputation Lucio Picci 4. The driving forces, critique, and paradoxes of reputation management Haldor Byrkjeflot Part II: Reputation management in central government agencies 5. The relationship between an Irish government department and its newly established agency: A reputational perspective Ciara O'Dwyer 6. Reputation management in times of crisis - how the police handled the Norwegian terrorist attack in 2011 Tom Christensen & Per Lægreid 7. How organizational reputation and trust may affect the autonomy of independent regulators: The case of the Flemish energy regulator Koen Verhoest, Jan Rommel and Jan Boon 8. Organizational reputation, public protest, and the strategic use of regulatory communication Yael Schanin Part III: Reputation management in local government 9.Struggles behind the scene: Reputation management in Swedish hospitals Maria Blomgren, Tina Hedmo and Caroline Waks 10. Dealing with stakeholders in local government - three Norwegian cases of municipal reputation management Hilde Bjørnå 11. Investigating the politics of reputation management in local government – the case of Denmark Heidi Houlberg Salomonsen & Jeppe Agger Nielsen 12. Municipal reputation-building in Norway: A reputation commons tragedy? Arild Wæraas

About the Editors

Arild Wæraas is Professor of Organization Theory and Leadership at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway. His research interests are reputation, organizational identity, and organizational fields. His latest publications include "Being all things to all customers: Building reputation in an institutionalized field" (co-authored, British Journal of Management) and "Trapped in conformity? Translating reputation management into practice" (co-authored, Scandinavian Journal of Management).

Moshe Maor is Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and the holder of the Wolfson Family Chair of Public Administration. His areas of expertise are bureaucratic politics, public policy, and comparative politics. His latest publications include "Organizational Reputation, Regulatory Talk and Strategic Silence" (co-authored; J-PART), "Organizational Reputation, the Content of Public Allegations and Regulatory Communication" (co-authored, J-PART). Maor is also a member of the Council for Higher Education in Israel.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

The study and practice of public management has undergone profound changes across the world. Over the last quarter century, we have seen

  • the increasing criticism of public administration as the over-arching framework for the provision of public services
  • the rise (and critical appraisal) of the ‘New Public Management’ as an emergent paradigm for the provision of public services
  • the transformation of the ‘public sector’ into the cross-sectoral provision of public services
  • the growth of the governance of inter-organizational relationships as an essential element in the provision of public services

In reality these trends have not so much replaced each other as elided or co-existed together – the public policy process has not gone away as a legitimate topic of study, intra-organizational management continues to be essential to the efficient provision of public services, whist the governance of inter-organizational and inter-sectoral relationships is now essential to the effective provision of these services.

This series is dedicated to presenting and critiquing this important body of theory and empirical study. It will publish books that both explore and evaluate the emergent and developing nature of public administration, management and governance (in theory and practice) and examine the relationship with and contribution to the over-arching disciplines of management and organizational sociology. Books in the series will be of interest to academics and researchers in this field, students undertaking advanced studies, and reflective policy makers and practitioners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Customer Relations
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Public Relations
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Nonprofit Organizations & Charities