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Research project

Change leadership in times of crisis

Explaining cutback management strategies in public sector organisations: change leadership in times of crisis. How does the publicness of organisations affect the choice and implementation of cutback management strategies?

Sandra Groeneveld
NWO Research Talent NWO Research Talent

During the 1980s budgetary crisis public sector organisations have mainly relied on private sector cutback management strategies. Such private sector approaches are now increasingly seen as inappropriate in a public environment. This project assesses how the publicness of organisations affects the choice and implementation of cutback management strategies. It first maps strategies public managers use to implement cutbacks in public sector organisations. A comparative case study design is then used to examine the effect of publicness on strategy choice and implementation, looking at individual-level and organisational-level characteristics. Findings contribute to theory development in cutback management in public organisations.

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