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Strategy, structure and process in the public sector: a test of the Miles and Snow model

Andrews, Rhys William, Boyne, George Alexander, Law, Jennifer and Walker, Richard Mark 2009. Strategy, structure and process in the public sector: a test of the Miles and Snow model. Public Administration 87 (4) , pp. 732-749. 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2009.01760.x

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Abstract

We present a comprehensive empirical application of the Miles and Snow (1978) model of organizational strategy, structure and process to the public sector. We refine the model by distinguishing between strategy formulation and implementation, and applying it to 90 public service organizations. Although the empirical evidence shows that organizational strategies fit the Miles and Snow categories of prospector, defender and reactor, the relationship between these strategies and organizational structures (for example, centralization) and processes (for example, planning) is less consistent with their model. Conclusions are drawn for public management theory and practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Geography and Planning (CPLAN)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0033-3298
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:21
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/20129

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