Tools for Innovators: Creative Strategies for Strengthening Public Sector Organizations / Edition 1

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While many books hype the latest fad, here at last (!) is a 'realist's' toolbox designed for public administrators who need to know the costs as well as the benefits of managerial theories and technologies.
— Mel Dubnick, Department of Public Administration at Rutgers University and former Managing Editor of the Public Administration Review

Today's public administrators must be more than the effective managers of their agencies' internal operations. In order to manage a complex set of interorganizational relationships spanning governments, nonprofit organizations and private firms in a complex global economy, they and their organizations must be capable of great agility and change. Effectiveness is a necessary but not sufficient condition for success: Today's public managers must reach beyond competence to be creative innovators and agents of change.

This book introduces public sector professionals to a set of innovation tools: Strategic Planning, Reengineering, Total Quality Management, Benchmarking, Performance Measurement and Management, Team Management, Privatization. It shows how to understand them, use them and integrate them into any organization, and how they will take public managers beyond competence to be creative innovators.

The creative public manager must continually look for new tools and new approaches. Tools for Innovators will help in this search, and in meeting and surmounting the challenges of a changing public sector.

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"While many books hype the latest fad, here at last (!) is a realist's' toolbox designed for public administrators who need to know the costs as well as the benefits of managerial theories and technologies." (Mel Dubnick, Department of Public Administration at Rutgers University and former Managing Editor of the Public Administration Review)

"A handbook of reinvention-style tools of organizational change written by people who have made it work." (David Osborne, co-author of Reinventing Government and Banishing Bureaucracy, chief author of the first National Performance Review report, and managing partner at the Public Strategies Group.")

The authors introduce public managers to six innovation tools: strategic planning; reengineering; Total Quality Management; benchmarking, performance measurement, and management; team management; and privatization. They show what the tools are about, how to use them, their costs and benefits, and how to integrate them into a single framework of management innovation. Case examples demonstrate some of the challenges managers face. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

STEVEN COHEN is Associate Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and director of Columbia University's Graduate Program in Public Policy and Administration. WILLIAM EIMICKE is the director of the SIPA's Public Management Training Center and Program in Politics and Public Policy.

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Table of Contents

1. Understanding and Applying Innovation Strategies in the Public Sector.

Part One: Public Sector Innovation Tools.

2. Strategic Planning.

3. Reengineering.

4. Total Quality Management.

5. Benchmarking and Performance Management.

6. Team Management.

7. Privatization.

Part Two: Learning from Public Sector Cases.

8. Management Innovation in the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

9. Innovation in Collaboration with Business and Nonprofits: The Indianapolis Private Industry Council.

10. America Works: A Private Company Carrying Out a Public Service.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2009

    One of the better tools books I have read

    It's pretty good as far as text books go, an easy read with lots of specific case references to real world business management and leadership techniques. Many times classes neglect to tell students about the "real world" and just teach from the text. This lends a good balance of both.

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