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Strategic management in public sector: A Movement Beyond NPM?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Strategic management (SM) is now prominent on the agenda of public administration scholars and practitioners e.g. in Swedish Central Agencies, and is said to become increasingly relevant in public organizations due to new public management (NPM) changes. Some scholars even suggests that the models of SM takes us beoynd NPM towards something new where the SM becomes the core of the organization. SM has so far mainly been studied in a context of the private sector, and the main concern in public sector research on SM has been on how to translate the concepts of growth and profitability into a public sector context. There is however a lack of studies investigating how public organizations actually apply SM in practice. Calls have been made for exploration of SM approaches within contemporary public services organizations but also more exploration of the limitations of these models. We have studied the implementation of a SM-model in the Swedish Transport Administration, a central government agency. The empirical material is based on document studies and interviews with 85 top- , middle- and lower-level managers, strategists and other employees. SM is supposed to lead to e.g. decentralization, a long term holistic perspective and strategic thinking. However, our results indicate when public sector do their interpretation of how to use SM-models they tend to become quite centralized, fixated on short-term measurements and focused on operative matters. One explanation for this seems to be that SM is translated into a NPM discourse, altering the initial intentions with SM. This suggests that NPM becomes an important contextual aspect to consider when SM-models are implemented in the public sector.   

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2015.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-161253OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-161253DiVA, id: diva2:1256306
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23rd Nordic Academy of Management Conference NFF 2015 Business in Society, Kopenhagen, Denmark, 12-14 August, 2015
Available from: 2018-10-16 Created: 2018-10-16 Last updated: 2019-03-05Bibliographically approved

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