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Complexity and the Experience of Managing in Public Sector Organizations.

Author: Ralph Stacey; Douglas Griffin
Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2007. ©2006
Series: Complexity as the experience of organizing.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A fundamental problem of public sector governance relates to the very way of thinking it reflects; where organization is thought of as a 'thing', a system designed to deliver what its designers choose. This volume questions that way of thinking and takes a perspective in which organizations are complex responsive processes of relating between people. Bringing together the work of participants on the Doctor of  Read more...
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Stacey, Ralph.
Complexity and the Experience of Managing in Public Sector Organizations.
Florence : Taylor and Francis, ©2007
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph Stacey; Douglas Griffin
ISBN: 9780203019757 020301975X
OCLC Number: 1048511961
Description: 1 online resource (209 pages).
Contents: Half Title:Complexity and the Experience of Managing in Public Sector Organizations --
Title Page --
Contents --
Contributors --
Series preface --
1 Introduction --
2 Ways of thinking about public sector governance --
Editors' introduction to Chapter 3 --
3 The experience of leading public sector organizations in a performance management regime --
Editors' introduction to Chapter 4 --
4 The emotional experience of performance management in the health sector: the corridor --
Editors' introduction to Chapter 5 --
5 The experience of clinical risk assessment in the health sector --
Editors' introduction to Chapter 6 --
6 The experience of power, blame and responsibility in the health sector --
Editors' introduction to Chapter 7 --
7 The experience of strategic planning and performance management in the education sector --
Index.
Series Title: Complexity as the experience of organizing.

Abstract:

A fundamental problem of public sector governance relates to the very way of thinking it reflects; where organization is thought of as a 'thing', a system designed to deliver what its designers choose. This volume questions that way of thinking and takes a perspective in which organizations are complex responsive processes of relating between people. Bringing together the work of participants on the Doctor of Management program at Hertfordshire University, this book focuses on the move to marketization and managerialism, paying particular attention to human relationships and group dynamics. The contributors provide narrative accounts of their work addressing questions of management, pressures, accountability, responsiveness and traditional systems perspectives. In considering such questions in terms of their daily experience, they explore how the perspective of complex responsive processes assists them in making sense of experience and developing practice. Including an editors' commentary which introduces and contextualizes these experiences as well as drawing out key themes for further research, this book will be of value to academics, students and practitioners looking for reflective accounts of real life experiences rather than further prescriptions of what organizational life ought to be.

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