Organization Theory For The Public Sector

Organization Theory For The Public Sector

by Tom Christensen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415433800

ISBN-13: 9780415433808

Pub. Date: 06/26/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Public sector organizations are fundamentally different to their private sector counterparts. They are multi-functional, follow a political leadership, and the majority do not operate in an external market. In an era of rapid reform, reorganization and modernization of the public sector, this book offers a timely and illuminating introduction to the public sector

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Overview

Public sector organizations are fundamentally different to their private sector counterparts. They are multi-functional, follow a political leadership, and the majority do not operate in an external market. In an era of rapid reform, reorganization and modernization of the public sector, this book offers a timely and illuminating introduction to the public sector organization that recognizes its unique values, interests, knowledge and power-base.

Drawing on both instrumental and institutional perspectives within organization theory, as well as democratic theory and empirical studies of decision-making, this text addresses five central aspects of the public sector organization:

  • goals and values
  • leadership and steering
  • reform and change
  • effects and implications
  • understanding and design.

This volume challenges conventional economic analysis of the public sector, arguing instead for a democratic-political approach and a new, prescriptive organization theory. A rich resource of both theory and practice, Organization Theory for the Public Sector: Instrument, Culture and Myth is essential reading for anybody studying the public sector.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415433808
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/26/2007
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Organization Theory for the Public Sector 2. An Instrumental Perspective 3. A Cultural Perspective 4. A Myth Perspective 5. Goals and Values 6. Leadership and Steering 7. Reform and Change 8. Effects and Implications 9. Understanding and Design

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