Archives for July 17th, 2000

POLITICKING FOR SUCCESS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 17 July, 2000

Peled ALeadership & Organization Development Journal, (UK), 2000 Vol 21 No 1. Start page: 20. No of pages: 10

Against the background of highly publicized failures in public sector information technology projects, asks why the leaders of some public management information systems do better than others in projects that share similar technological and organizational conditions. Compares two case studies: the first a successful land registry database project for the Israeli Ministry of Justice; the second an unsuccessful traffic control project for the Israeli Ministry of Transportation. Reviews the literature on project leadership and identifies the ability to deal effectively with organizational politics as being a key to success. Examines the leadership of the two case study projects, identifying the technological and organizational problems that had to be dealt with. Underlines that the main difference between the two projects lay in the ability of the leaders to recognize and defuse opposition to the projects from within the organizations. Discusses how leaders can improve their political skills.

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PERFORMANCE MEASURES NEED ‘HEALTH WARNING’

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 July, 2000

The British Medical Association says the publication of the second set of clinical and performance indicators for hospitals up and down the country need to be read with a ‘huge health warning’. It has described them as crude and unreliable.It is backing the publication of reliable statistics as a way of driving up performance, but it says that the NHS Performance Indicators are a long way from providing the breadth and quality of information that doctors and managers need to improve patient care. The BMA is advising that the data is used as a tool to point to where questions should be asked, rather than providing evidence in their own right. This year’s report spends some time reporting on actions taken to improve by those hospitals whose services got poor ratings last year.

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