Exploring Public Sector Strategy

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Kevan Scholes / Gerry Johnson  
Total pages
October 2000
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This new book in the Exploring Corporate Strategy Series brings together a selection of 17 chapters which provide readers with material on a range of important strategic issues of particular relevance to the public sector. The chapters cover most of the major strategic themes from Exploring Corporate Strategy which is also reflected in the chapter sequence.


  • Sets a broad scene about the content and processes of strategy making in the public sector - with some private sector comparison.
  • Covers important issues in the business environment of the public sector -  global influences and regulation. 
  • Covers the strategic capability of public sector organisations, looking at their ability to provide best value services -  this includes benchmarking, the best value initiative, clinical governance and portfolio analysis.
  • Issues of ownership and accountability are covered in two chapters on stakeholder mapping and commercial freedom in the public sector.
  • Includes coverage of Partnerships -  a theme of growing importance -  looking at the various types of partnership between public sector organisations and within the voluntary and private sectors.
  • Discusses the topic of structure and management control, reflecting concerns about accountability, managing a professional workforce and the IT revolution.
  • Addresses culture and cultural change as an issue of critical importance when managing change in the public sector.

Table of Contents

1. The implications of 'publicness' for strategic management theory., John Alford
2. The processes of strategy development in the public sector, Nardine Collier, Frank Fishwick & Gerry Johnson
3. Global influences on the public sector, Jan Eppink & Steven de Waal
4. Trust and distrust in regulation and enforcement, Ray Puffitt & Les Prince
5. Measuring up to the best: A manager's guide to benchmarking, Mik Wisnieski
6. The best value initiative, Simon Speller
7. Clinical governance, David Herbert
8. The Maslin Multi-Dimensional Matrix: A new tool to aid strategic decision making in the public sector, Les Prince & Ray Puffitt
9. Stakeholder mapping: A practical tool for public sector managers, Kevan Scholes
10. Implications of ownership for strategy: The example of commercial semi-state bodies in Ireland, Eleanor Doyle
11. Formation and control of public-private partnerships: A stakeholder approach, Richard Butler & Jaz Gill
12. Public sector partnerships and public/voluntary sector partnerships: The Scottish experience, Sandra Hill
13. Strategy and structures in the public sector, Kevan Scholes
14. The relationship between quality, approaches to management control, and the achievement of best value in public sector professionals service organisations, Barbara Harrington, Kevin McLoughlin & Duncan Riddell
15. Business process re-engineering in the public sector: A case study of the Contributions Agency, John McAuley
16. Devolution and control within the UK public sector: National Health Service Trusts, Tom Forbes
17. Mapping and re-mapping organisational culture: A local government example, Gerry Johnson

Back Cover

Exploring Public Sector Strategy

The public sector in many countries remains a major sector of the economy in terms of both employment and provision of services. But in the last 15 years it has undergone a revolution in structure, performance and management thinking. Exploring Public Sector Strategy, the latest book in the Exploring Corporate Strategy series, explores how strategic management theory and practice is applicable to public sector organisations.

Designed to complement and extend the ideas in Johnson and Scholes’ Exploring Corporate Strategy, leading contributors explore the critical issues in strategy as applied to the public sector. In turn they also demonstrate what strategic managers in other sectors can learn from the public sector.

In addition to providing a comprehensive treatment of this area, the book:
Provides a wealth of public sector examples for use in teaching
Is fully up-to-date with changes in the sector, including the best value Initiative, clinical governance and the impact of information technology
Has an international focus with an entire chapter devoted to the important topic of global influences on the public sector.

Contributing authors include: John Alford, Nardine Collier, Frank Fishwick, Jan Eppink, Steven de Waal, Ray Puffitt, Les Prince, Simon Speller, Mik Wisniewski, David Herbert, Kevan Scholes, Eleanor Doyle, Richard Butler, Jaz Gill, Sandra Hill, Barbara Harrington, Kevin McLoughlin, Duncan Riddell, John McAuley, Tom Forbes and Gerry Johnson.