The Pacific Motorway – A Case Study Examining Public Sector Management Dilemmas
Waterhouse, Jennifer M., Brown, Kerry A., & Flynn, Christine (2001) The Pacific Motorway – A Case Study Examining Public Sector Management Dilemmas. Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business And Government, 7(1), pp. 21-28.
During the last two decades the Public Sector in Australia has come under increasing pressure to improve performance and demonstrate greater transparency. In addressing these pressures, departments have undertaken innovative adaptations of managerial and administrative practices to better suit the demands of the public sector environment. A major area of concern has been in regard to issues of accountability brought about by increases in both devolution and contracting out. Traditional adversarial contracts have posed budgetary, quality and completion dilemmas in major civil engineering projects in both the private and public sectors. This paper examines the adoption of relational style contracts as well as devolution of managerial responsibility in the Department of Main Roads in Queensland. The paper addresses whether contracts that focus on establishing relational interactions rather than protecting differing interests have better outcomes for public and parliamentary accountability or whether they merely act as further evidence of the different priorities of the public and private sectors.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Public Sector Management, Accountability, Contracting Out|
|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|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2001 Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Deposited On:||22 Aug 2006|
|Last Modified:||11 Aug 2011 00:07|
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