The Implementation of a Strategic State in a Small Country Setting - the case of the ‘Scottish Approach’

Elliott, Ian (2019) The Implementation of a Strategic State in a Small Country Setting - the case of the ‘Scottish Approach’. Public Money & Management. ISSN 0954-0962 (In Press)

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Abstract

This article is a case study of the establishment of the Scottish Approach to Public Services. This strategic approach to public services was developed through three key activities: reorganisation of the Scottish Government; creation of Scotland Performs and the National Performance Framework; and significant investment in leadership development.

The research comprised of 11 elite interviews with both current and former civil servants within the Scottish Government. Interviews sought to develop an understanding of the nature and rationale for the Scottish Approach, to explore implementation of the Scottish Approach, and to posit what lasting impact may result from this form of Strategic State in Scotland.

The findings demonstrate the extent to which strategy as practice has become normalised throughout the Scottish Government, particularly through a focus on adaptive leadership as a form of distributed leadership, which supports the idea of strategy practitioners at all levels in the organisation. This corroborates earlier research which has highlighted the value of adopting more strategic approaches to public administration and management.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
L400 Social Policy
N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Corporate and Executive Development
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2019 17:14
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2019 17:14
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37526

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