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Public management reform : towards improving strategic development in Cluj-Napoca by fostering Triple Helix interactions

Goga, Teodora V. (2020) Public management reform : towards improving strategic development in Cluj-Napoca by fostering Triple Helix interactions.

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Abstract:Drawing upon the argument that managing strategic development in a knowledge society requires public administration to set up a consistent framework of public management reform, this paper argues that (1) strategic planning and (2) Triple Helix interactions between academia, government and other societal actors enable policy capacity building. However, the integration of innovative strategies into a robust policy framework is dependent upon the local context. Exploring the case of Cluj-Napoca, Romania from a public management perspective over a 5-year timeframe provides valuable insights into the community’s strategic approach to development. Grounded on established paradigms of public management reform, this thesis investigates the existence of official statements regarding the intention to collaborate of Triple Helix actors to determine to what extent is collaboration explicitly stated as a strategic objective. Secondary data consisting of strategic documents of selected organisations was analysed. The findings reveal that Triple Helix actors in Cluj-Napoca explicitly state their intentions to collaborate with each other, often showing overlap between official statements, thus indicating a high extent of strategic coherence. This suggests a tendency of actors to converge towards the integration of interests, resources, and strategies, therefore increasing the likelihood of policy capacity development.
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/81582
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