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Turbocharging Networks in the Public Sector

Brown, Kerry, Keast, Robyn, & Waterhouse, Jennifer (2005) Turbocharging Networks in the Public Sector. In Easterby-Smith, M & Sako, M (Eds.) Challenges of Organisations in Global Markets: Conference Proceedings 2005 British Academy of Management, British Academy of Management, Oxford, UK, pp. 1-18.

Abstract

Networks have come to occupy a key position in the strategic armoury of the government, business and community sectors and now have impact on a broad array of policy and management arenas. An emphasis on relationships, trust and mutuality mean that networks function on a different operating logic to the conventional processes of government and business. It is therefore important that organizational members of networks are able to adopt the skills and culture necessary to operate successfully under these distinctive kinds of arrangements. Because networks function from a different operational logic to traditional bureaucracies, public sector organizations may experience difficulties in adapting to networked arrangements. Networks are formed to address a variety of social problems or meet capability gaps within organizations. As such they are often under pressure to quickly produce measurable outcomes and need to form rapidly and come to full operation quickly. This paper presents a theoretical exploration of how diverse types of networks are required for different management and policy situations and draws on a set of public sector case studies to understand/demonstrate how these various types of networked arrangements may be ‘turbo-charged’ so that they more quickly adopt the characteristics necessary to deliver required outcomes.

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ID Code: 24459
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Public Sector Management, Networks
ISBN: 0-9549608-1-5
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Administration (160509)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2009 00:31
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 09:44

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