Archives for May 8th, 2002

ENHANCED FIRE SERVICE RADIO

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 May, 2002

The fire service in England and Wales has been given the go-ahead for a new national radio communications system compatible with equipment used by the other emergency services.After September 11 the three main emergency service organisations agreed that interoperability of radio communications was a priority.

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HIGH TECH VOTING WORKS

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 May, 2002

Latest tests of new ways to vote appear to have made progress at getting people more interested in local democracy.Last week’s local elections offered voters in pilot areas the chance to cast their vote by post, via the internet or by a mobile phone text message. Such pilots have been tried before, but not with such conclusive results.

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EXECUTIVE SUCCESSION AND THE PERFORMANCE OF PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 8 May, 2002

By George Boyne and Jay Dahya.A theoretical framework is developed for the analysis of the impact of executive succession in public organizations. The central concepts in the model are the motives of chief executives, the means at their disposal and the opportunities available for influencing performance. The main hypothesis that flows from the model is that the effect of executive succession is likely to be small but significant. Furthermore, the strength of the impact of succession is contingent on a variety of external and internal circumstances. Seventeen testable hypotheses concerning these contingency effects are presented as a research agenda for studies of top management change in the public sector. The theoretical arguments are illustrated with reference to UK local government.

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