Learning, language and leadership : conduits to dynamic public service networks

Keast, Robyn L. & Mandell, Myrna (2009) Learning, language and leadership : conduits to dynamic public service networks. In 13th International Research Society for Public Management Conference (IRSPM XIII), 6–8 April 2009, Copenhagen Business School, Fredericksberg.

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Networks are having a profound impact on the way society is organised at the local, national and international level. Networks are not ‘business as usual’. The defining feature of networks and a key indicator for their success is the strength and quality of the interactions between members. This relational power of networks provides the mechanism to bring together previously dispersed and even competitive entities into a collective venture. Such an operating context demands the ability to work in a more horizontal, relational manner. In addition a social infrastructure must be formed that will support and encourage efforts to become more collaborative.

This paper seeks to understand how network members come to know about working in networks, how they work on their relationships and create new meanings about the nature of their linked work. In doing so, it proposes that learning, language and leadership, herein defined as the ‘3Ls’ represent critical mediating aspects for networks.

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ID Code: 27038
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this paper can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see Official URL).
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Keywords: Learning, Language , Leadership, Public Service , Networks
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Administration (160509)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisation and Management Theory (150310)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 27 Aug 2009 00:02
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 13:53

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