Thrown in the deep end : newcomers and public sector reform

Flynn, Christine & Thompson, Robert M. (2010) Thrown in the deep end : newcomers and public sector reform. In 14th Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPMXIV), University of Berne, Center of Competence for Public Management, , 7-9 April, Bern, Switzerland.

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Triggered by the continuing global financial crisis, most public administration systems internationally are reviewing their ability to meet public expectations in more challenging strategic environments, while satisfying the pressure from their political masters to drive down the costs of public administration. Consequently public sector organizations are under constant pressure to reform to meet not only the global economic challenges, but the need for more responsive government (Brown et al 2003).

Doyle et al (2000) propose that organizational change is seldom well managed, but that the public sector faces greater difficulty in implementing corporate change than the private sector because of its unique environment, e.g. the need to deliver bureaucratically impartial outcomes. The scale of the changes required, and the constraints imposed by the context within which these changes need to occur, have intensified the need for capable public sector leadership and management. The types of capability required now extend beyond those typically required in public organizations through the efficiency drive of new public management. Acquiring these capabilities remains a key issue for public organizations.

One challenge for public management, then, is leadership and management quality, including the need to recruit externally to refresh, re-energize and change the sector and its individual organizations as well as develop advanced skills among existing senior executives.

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ID Code: 40789
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Newcomers, Public Sector Reform, Public Administration
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
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 please consult authors
Deposited On: 17 Mar 2011 22:11
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 14:07

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