Nordisk Energi Om Programmet Publikationer Forskare Finansiärer Kontakta Oss In English


The research program Public Management monitors fundamental changes in the last decade on the public management arena, and document it in order to be able to discover the driving forces behind the changes. The ambition is both to critically examine the solutions put forward by practitioners, and to develop new models and insights for the field. In a world with diminishing public funding combined with higher demands on public services, all levels of government needs to find new ways of pursuing its goals.

In Sweden there have been numerous experiments trying to reform the management of public organizations - all aiming at finding more efficient ways to produce public service. There is a long tradition of research on public management at The School of Economics and Management. The researchers engaged in the program have degrees in Business Administration or Political Science but also have a broad range of knowledge and experiences from a variety of areas within the public sector. Today about 15 persons are involved in the program studying various aspects of management reforms in public organizations, with approximately half of them having finished their PhD-degrees.

Even though there are projects covering both central and local level of the public sector, the main empirical field is the local government level, which is a consequence of that a large portion of the public services in Sweden are provided and organised by the municipal sector. The research projects has thus to a great extent been focused on the reformation of the Swedish municipalities and its activities. The overall theoretical perspective of the program is a twofold combination of strategy and management control. Strategy issues cover industry analysis such as industrial environment, industry structures and strategic choices. The focus within the area of management control is different governance models for public sector activities and these aspects are thus often covered within the studies. The fact that these aspects are the once most commonly covered is the result of a decade characterized by lack of resources, liberalisation and market orientation within the Swedish public sector.

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