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Strategy implementation and public service performance

Andrews, Rhys William, Boyne, George Alexander, Law, J. and Walker, R. M. 2011. Strategy implementation and public service performance. Administration & Society 43 (6) , pp. 643-671. 10.1177/0095399711412730

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Abstract

Much has been written about implementation in the public sector, but little is known about organizational implementation styles and their consequences for performance. The authors’ evidence shows that implementation style matters but only in combination with appropriate strategic choices. None of the established styles of implementation (rational, incremental, and “no clear approach”) by themselves are likely to lead to better performance. However, when the authors incorporate the strategic orientation of the organization (defender, prospector, and reactor), they find that it has an important moderating effect on the relationship between implementation style and service performance. Their evidence suggests that public organizations need to achieve a fit between strategic orientation and style of implementation if higher levels of performance are to be attained.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: implementation; strategy; performance; Miles and Snow
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0095-3997
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:14
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/18577

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