Towards positive organisation austerity : combining austerity measures with Positive Organisational Scholarship (POS)

Armansin, Maree & Thompson, Robert M. (2013) Towards positive organisation austerity : combining austerity measures with Positive Organisational Scholarship (POS). In 17th International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM XVII) : Public Sector Responds to Global Crisis, 10 – 12 April 2013, Prague, Czech Republic.

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The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential and value of positive management practices to address the pain and suffering that frequently accompanies periods of large-scale austerity in public sectors. Public managers are increasingly asked to implement severe austerity measures and at the same time to build service delivery capacity; contradictory tasks. We draw on and further develop Cameron’s (2012) model of Positive Leadership to identify seven positive shared leadership practices that, while not eliminating the pain and suffering associated with austerity measures at least offer some scope, compared to traditional public management practices, for managing the austerity-build capacity duality in ways that respond to those affected with compassion and respect. We draw on published reports of a large-scale austerity program to highlight the potential and value of positive shared leadership practices for creating what we refer to as positive organisational austerity. The paper contributes to the literature on public management response to crises in two main ways. First, the paper introduces and develops the concept of shared positive leadership (Cameron, 2012; Carson et al. 2007) as a way of managing in austerity. Second, the paper introduces the concept of positive organisational austerity as a means of highlighting a reorientation in thinking about austerity measures and their implementation.

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ID Code: 61658
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Austerity, Positive Leadership, Shared Leadership, Public Management
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
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 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2013 22:55
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2013 04:15

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