How can the public sector resolve complex issues?

Head, Brian W. (2010) How can the public sector resolve complex issues?. Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, 2 1: 8-16. doi:10.1108/17574321011028954

Author Head, Brian W.
Title How can the public sector resolve complex issues?
Journal name Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1757-4323
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/17574321011028954
Volume 2
Issue 1
Start page 8
End page 16
Total pages 9
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publisher Emerald Group PublishingKluwer
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose –
The purpose of this paper is to ask how the public sector manages complex issues, and suggests that new strategic thinking is needed about ways forward.

Design/methodology/approach –
The paper outlines recent conceptual and empirical research demonstrating the challenges for government posed by complex problems, and the difficulties of  addressing them successfully.

Findings –

The paper suggests that most governmental systems are preoccupied with a host of issues which impede the consideration of long-term goals and methods.

Research limitations/implications –

More research is needed on the capacities of governments to identify and respond to complex problems while maintaining performance in other areas.

Practical implications –

Implications arise for leadership, building policy capacity, building coordination capacity, and better use of partnering to improve implementation capacity.

Originality/value –
The paper encourages new thinking about the capacities required for strategic direction setting and coordination to tackle complex problems.
Keyword Public sector organizations
Public administration
Public policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
Official 2011 Collection
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