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Decoupling managerial audit: Evidence from the local authority children's homes sector

Kitchener, Martin James ORCID:, Kirkpatrick, Ian and Whipp, Richard 1999. Decoupling managerial audit: Evidence from the local authority children's homes sector. International Journal of Public Sector Management 12 (4) , pp. 338-350. 10.1108/09513559910282830

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Within discussions of the “new public management” (NPM) it is suggested that professionals increasingly face managerial initiatives that are designed to reduce their autonomy and monitor their work. This paper draws on study data from the local authority children’s homes sector to assess Power’s predictions regarding the “colonisation” and “decoupling” of management audits within professional state agencies. The findings suggest that the introduction of a managerial audit in children’s residential social work has involved a complex, negotiated and uneven process in which older patterns of autonomy have proved to be resilient. A key outcome has been the sometimes ritualistic and partial implementation of the audit process.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public administration; Managerial audit; Resistance; Children; Social services
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 0951-3558
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:09

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