“Paths for Action”: Leadership Theory and Practice in Complex Public Sector Systems

Jack Meek, Mary Lee Rhodes, Joanne Murphy

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Abstract

The nature and challenges of public sector leadership and management are examined in four case studies of project management in complex metropolitan environments. The cases selected by the authors as representative of contextual factors affecting decision-making processes and project outcomes. Drawing on recent theoretical work on complex leadership approaches (Uhl-Bein et al 2007, Hazy 2008, Lichtenstein & Plowman 2009), the authors assess leadership practices enacted and the circumstances that influence these practices. Leadership types theorized by Uhl-Bein et al (2007) are identified operating at different levels and across networks, with contextual factors outlined. The article concludes with a framework for leadership practice and management identifying network facilitation and complexity friendly tools as a practice within complex public sector systems.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 03 Mar 2015
EventAmerican Society for Public Administration Annual Conference 2015 - Chicago , United States
Duration: 06 Mar 201510 Mar 2015

Conference

ConferenceAmerican Society for Public Administration Annual Conference 2015
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period06/03/201510/03/2015

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