Strategy in the Public Sector: A Guide to Effective Change Management

By Paul Joyce | Go to book overview

9
Focus and Align

INTRODUCTION

Even if public sector organisations did not have strategic planning processes, the fact that politicians with political objectives control the public sector would mean there was a recurrent need to focus and align budgets and activities. Elected politicians are elected for a set number of years and have things they want to accomplish in this time period. These things may well be defined within manifestos that are put before the electorate at the time of the election. They may legislate on them or make new policies. With each new crop of politicians in control, top managers have to set about changing the focus of the organisation and aligning activities to ensure the completion of the political objectives. The arrival of strategic management processes has only modified and not fundamentally altered this pattern. Political objectives (and legislative mandates) now inform strategic visions, goals, and plans, and the implementation of these again means there is a need to focus and align budgets and activities. Strategic-level activities, therefore, act as the bridge between political processes and the recurrent episodes of changes in budgets and activities.

Top managers trying to lead organisations and apply strategic management are quite conscious of this political framework. They may voice this as complaints about the short-term nature of elected politicians' concerns as a result of the election cycle.

The formal concern of strategic-level managers, however, is not the pressures coming down on them from elected politicians but how they are going to ensure that strategic visions and plans are

-135-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Strategy in the Public Sector: A Guide to Effective Change Management
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Series Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • 1: A Model of Effectiveness 1
  • 2: Assessing the Organisation 17
  • 3: Paying Attention to Politicians 39
  • 4: Issue Management 51
  • 5: Vision 71
  • 6: Involving Managers and Employees 91
  • 7: Installing Management 103
  • 8: Engaging Others in the Organisation with the Vision or Strategic Intent 119
  • 9: Focus and Align 135
  • 10: Stabilising and Ensuring Targets Are Achieved 155
  • 11: Involving the Public 165
  • 12: Partnership Working 183
  • 13: Opening Up 199
  • 14: In Touch with the Public 211
  • Bibliography 231
  • Index 233
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 236

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.