Enterprise policy, delivery, practice and research: largely rhetoric or under-valued achievement?

Thompson, John L., Scott, Jonathan and Downing, Ron (2012) Enterprise policy, delivery, practice and research: largely rhetoric or under-valued achievement? International Journal of Public Sector Management, 25 (5). pp. 332-345. ISSN 0951-3558

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513551211252369


Purpose – The aim of this paper is to analyse enterprise policy in the United Kingdom (UK), in relation to decisions about policy, policy delivery, entrepreneurial practice and academic/consultative research.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper offers and discusses a conceptual framework for analysis of the actors, decisions, and issues involved in enterprise policy‐making and policy delivery alongside the interests of the businesses they seek to serve and the academics who provide research support – to shed new light on the UK Government's challenge in satisfying its stated remit.

Findings – It considers whether an all‐embracing enterprise strategy – with clear ownership and shared commitment – is a realistic alternative to the more piecemeal approach we have experienced in the past. The issues are grounded in key lessons from systems and strategy to assess their relevance to the debate.

Originality/value – The change of government in the UK in 2010, the first change for 13 years, makes this debate apposite and the relevant issues discussed are an important challenge for the new coalition.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Enterprise policy, Decision making, Systems, Strategy, Delivery, Practice, Research, United Kingdom
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2017 16:34
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:51
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/29948

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