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Strategic Management in Public Organizations

European Practices and Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Paul Joyce, Anne Drumaux


324 pages | 50 B/W Illus.

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Strategic Management in Public Organizations: European Practices and Perspectives offers the first wide-ranging survey and assessment of strategic management practices at various levels of government and public service in European countries. It shows that strategic management is much more than a management tool imported from the private sector - it has become a key element of public management reforms, and European governments at all levels are developing ‘strategic state’ characteristics.

Written by leading European experts on strategic management in the public sector and in government, this book presents evaluations and analysis based on empirical investigations. The book covers strategic management at different levels of government, explore the roles of different players, and incorporate theory and practice, with opening and concluding chapters by the editors that provide an overview of strategic management in the public services and a cross-societal discussion of practices, reforms, and lessons. It reflects not only developments in strategic management practices in the European public sector, but also the increasing importance of strategic capabilities for the modernization of public governance.

This book is ideal for students in postgraduate management courses (MPA, MSc, or MBA) in Europe and elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Overview of strategic management in the public sector in Europe Paul Joyce and Anne Drumaux Part I: Strategic Management in Practice (Varieties and Different Contexts) 2. Strategic Management at National Government Level in Denmark Morton Froholdt 3. Strategic Management Schools of Thought and Practices in the Public Sector in Norway Aage Johnsen 4. Strategic Management in Finnish Municipalities Ismo Lumijarvi and Ulriika Leponiemi 5. From Urban Planning to Smart Collaborative Strategies: Lessons from Italian Cities Benedetta Trivellato and Dario Cavenago 6. Using Cultural Events as Strategic Levers for Territorial Governance Design in the French Context Charlène Arnaud and Bruno Tiberghien Part II: Key Roles in the Strategic Process - Political and Administrative Leaders, and Don’t Forget the Citizens 7. Political Leaders and Public Administrators in Finland: Key Values and Stumbling Blocks in Decision-Making and Interaction Vuokko Niiranen and Minna Joensuu 8. Competencies for Effective Strategic Leadership in Estonia? Eve Limbach-Pirn 9. When Civic Culture Meets Strategy: Exploring Predictors of Citizen Engagement in Participatory Strategic Plans in Italy Daniela Cristofoli, Laura Maccio and Marco Meneguzzo Part III: Does it work? 10. A State of Research on Strategic Management in the Public Sector: an Analysis of the Empirical Evidence - Bert George and Sebastian Desmidt 11. How Dynamic Capabilities Mediate the Link Between Strategy and Performance Isabella Proeller, Alexander Kroll, Thomas Krause, and Dominic Vogel 12. Strategic Competence-Based Management in Finnish Health Care Services Seja Ollila and Pirkko Vartiainen Part IV: Reforms, Developments, and Challenges 13. Strategic Management and Budgetary Reforms: a Meta-Analysis of Benefits and Anomalies in OECD Countries Anne Drumaux 14. Strategic Management and Public Management Reforms in Turkey Ahmet Kesik and Hasan Canpolat 15. The Development of the Strategic State and the Performance Management of Local Authorities in England Peter Murphy 16. Driving Strategic Change Through Management Tools: The Case of Program-Based Budgeting in French Higher Education Emil Turc and Robert Fouchet 17. Reshuffling the Strategic Management System to Develop Capacity for Strategic Agility: the Case of Lithuania Jurgita Šiugždinienė, Eglė Gaulė and Rimantas Rauleckas 18. Strategic Management in the Italian NHS: the Implementation of "Cost-cutting" Plans for Regional Health Services Sephan Kunz, Gloria Fiorani and Marco Meneguzzo Conclusion 19. The Development of the Strategic State in Europe Paul Joyce and Anne Drumaux

About the Editors

Paul Joyce is Visiting Professor of Public Services, Leadership and Strategy at Birmingham City University, UK. He was formerly Director of the Business School at Liverpool John Moores University. His recent work on leadership and strategic management in the public sector includes Strategic Leadership in the Public Services (2011; Routledge) and Lessons in Leadership: Meeting the Challenges of Public Services Management (2005; co-authored with Eileen Milner; Routledge).

Anne Drumaux is Professor and Academic Director of Executive Teaching and Public Management at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management at the University of Brussels, Belgium. Her key research interest lies in the interaction between public policy and strategic management.

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 / Strategic Planning
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business