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The link between strategy and performance of municipalities in the Netherlands

LANGEREIS, M. (2015) The link between strategy and performance of municipalities in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:Studies in public management consistently show that ‘management matters’, but little research has considered the effect of strategy on performance for local government, in a non Anglo-Saxon context. This article examines the link between strategic orientation and organizational performance of local government in The Netherlands. Strategic orientation is herein measured as to what extend municipalities are prospectors, defenders and reactors, using the Miles and Snow strategy operationalization for the public sector by Boyne and Walker (2004). The analysis uses data on strategic orientation from 110 Dutch municipalities. Results validate the Miles and Snow strategy framework. Namely, the framework seems appropriate for measuring organizational strategy in the Dutch public sector; and it clearly shows the presence of strategic orientations used by municipalities in the Netherlands. Organizational performance of municipalities is operationalized by economic, social-cultural, and ecological capital. Findings show no significant linear effects between strategic orientation and organizational performance. However, effects indicate complex curve linear interactions patterns of strategy on performance.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68926
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