Managing Change and Innovation in Public Service Organizations

By Kerry Brown, Stephen P. Osborne

© 2005 – Routledge

272 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The context and environment of public services is becoming increasingly complex and the management of change and innovation is now a core task for the successful public manager. This text aims to provide its readers with the skills necessary to understand, manage and sustain change and innovation in public service organizations. Key features include:

  • the use of figures, tables and boxes to highlight ideas and concepts of central importance
  • a dedicated case study to serve as a focus for discussion and learning, and to marry theory with practice
  • clear learning objectives for each chapter with suggestions for further reading.

    Providing future and current public managers with the understanding and skills required to manage change and innovation, this groundbreaking text is essential reading for all those studying public management, public administration and public policy.

Reviews

'This is a book that teachers of public management will find invaluable. Change and innovation have special characteristics in the public sector and this book recognizes that and the constraints and opportunities facing public managers. Written in a clear and accessible way, it is nevertheless comprehensive in its coverage of the English-language literature on both topics. This listing of learning objectives, key points, new terms and discussion points make it a useful tool for teachers and learners, whether advanced undergraduates, postgraduates or practitioners.' - Norman Flynn, University of London, UK

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Managing Change in Public Service Organizations Part 3: Managing Innovation in Public Service Organizations Part 4: Conclusions

About the Authors

Stephen P. Osborne is Professor of Public Management and Head of the Public Management Group at the Aston Business School, UK.

Kerry Brown is Senior Lecturer in the School of Management and Director of the Work and Industry Futures Research Program at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Masters in Public Management

Routledge Masters in Public Management is a series of original texts which offers students and practitioners a concise, coordinated and comprehensive learning resource.

The series benefits from a coordinated format, including the use of such pedagogical features as learning points, text boxes, annotated further reading and questions for further discussion. Each volume in the series stands in its own right as a textbook which is essential reading for a particular module in a public management degree scheme. Taken together, the series offers an integrated and up-to-date collection of core textbooks and supplementary reading that can provide the backbone of any student’s study of public management – whether based upon an MBA or MPA programme, a stand-alone course or through a period of individual study. Taking an expert look at an increasingly important and complex discipline, this is a groundbreaking series.

The resources represented in this series go beyond the “toolkit” or “recipe” format which does not reflect the way working in the public sector actually happens. Rather, the series encourages the reader to develop the core managerial skills and critical thinking required to excel in this discipline.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS041000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management
BUS051000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Public Finance