Archives for July 4th, 2002

ISOMORPHISM WITHOUT LEGITIMACY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 4 July, 2002

Mary BowermanThe White Paper ‘Modern Local Government: In Touch with the People’ suggested the Business Excellence Model as a way for local authorities to demonstrate Best Value in service delivery. The author uses the concept of isomorphism, developed within institutional theory, to explain the progress of the Model in local government. She draws out some important lessons: first, central government needs to be beware of its ability to create coercive isomorphic forces, which can lead to unintended consequences. Second, local authorities should embark on new initiatives only if they are convinced of a practical benefit to the organization. Alternatively, where conferment of legitimacy is the desired result, they should wait until the bandwagon is well and truly rolling towards a named destination before they join it.

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SCHOOL TRANSFER HINDERS PROGRESS

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 July, 2002

The Department of Education’s ambition to make tangible improvements at secondary schools is being hindered by teachers and schools failing to talk to each other.In many of its school inspections, the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED), has found children’s progress stagnating in the first two years of secondary school because of a lack of effective collaboration between their old and their new school.

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AID TO GOOD COMMUNICATIONS

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 July, 2002

Managers in local government have been offered a new free guide to improving their council’s public relations.The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), a Government funded body helping councils improve, is hosting an online communications toolkit aimed at giving councils pointers to best practice in achieving good communications.

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