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Planning and performance in public organizations: An empirical analysis

Boyne, George Alexander and Gould-Williams, Julian Seymour 2003. Planning and performance in public organizations: An empirical analysis. Public Management Review 5 (1) , pp. 115-132. 10.1080/146166702200002889

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The impact of planning on organizational performance in the public sector has been widely debated but has never previously been tested empirically. We develop a statistical model of planning effects that contains five explanatory variables: the extent of organizational analysis, the extent of environmental scanning, the number of precise performance targets, the existence of formal action plans for service improvement and the attitudes of staff involved in the planning process. This model is applied to data obtained from seventy services in Welsh local government. The statistical evidence shows that organizational performance is positively related to favourable attitudes towards planning processes, but negatively related to the number of targets that are set. On balance, the results are consistent with a small positive effect of planning on the performance of public organizations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Uncontrolled Keywords: Local government; performance; public organizations; strategic planning; Wales
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1471-9037
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 04:01

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