Strategic Governance in Public Agencies

Jan-Erik Johanson (2014) Strategic governance in public agencies. In Joyce, Paul, Bryson, John, & Holzer, Mark (Eds.) Developments in strategic and public management: Studies in the US and Europe. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming

35 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2011 Last revised: 28 Jun 2014

Date Written: June 20, 2011

Abstract

Building on the threefold classification to strategic design, internal scanning and strategic governance (Johanson 2009) in public agencies, this paper elaborates further the strategic governance perspective. The pivotal concept is the social network. First, the classification of types of agencies provides contexts for elaboration of relational patterns. Second, the triad composed of three actors offers a detailed enough image of the roles within networks captured by the roles of mediator, tertius gaudens, and divide et impera. Within inter-organizational arena there are three fundamentally different institutional network environments for public agencies, that is, neutral, competitive, and regulative. The suitable network structure and the agency’s role within it depends on the type of the agency and the institutional arena. In this study three roles for public agencies with their immediate social surrounding is identified; 1) the mediator 2) business partner, and 3) antitrust agent. The resulting scheme shows that the public agencies are attuned to both building and destruction of relationships within their networks.

Keywords: public administration, public agencies, networks, triad

JEL Classification: A14, B11, H11

Suggested Citation

Johanson, Jan-Erik, Strategic Governance in Public Agencies (June 20, 2011). Jan-Erik Johanson (2014) Strategic governance in public agencies. In Joyce, Paul, Bryson, John, & Holzer, Mark (Eds.) Developments in strategic and public management: Studies in the US and Europe. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1868236 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1868236

Jan-Erik Johanson (Contact Author)

University of Tampere ( email )

33014 University of Tampere
Kanslerinrinne 1
Tampere, 33014
Finland

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