Integrating Strategic Management Practices In Public Sector

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Integrating Strategic Management Practices in Public Sector Reform in Kenya. 1Stanley Kipsang and 2Razia Mbaraka 1Moi University, Department of Development Studies P.o. Box 3900 Eldoret, 2Moi University, Department of Development Studies P.o. Box 3900 Eldoret and 3Moi University, Department of Development Studies P.o. Box 3900 Eldoret Corresponding Author- Stanley Kipsang Abstract The public sector is under increasing pressure worldwide to increase outcomes and improve outputs of their organizations, while simultaneously improving efficiencies and effectiveness. To meet these considerable challenges, public sector organizations must revisit their strategic management processes and measurement systems. Strategic management is concerned…show more content…
Stakeholders want to know they are receiving value for money at a government agency that may be unique and unable to benchmark against other agencies except those operating in other countries. Many developed countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, are beginning to focus on the public sector by introducing strategic management and performance measures, particularly in the wake of the economic downturn. McKinsey and Company suggests this is crucial, stressing that the public sector faces a decade of radical and ongoing change. The nature and scale of these trends make the coming decade a defining period for the public sector, (Barber, Levy & Mendonca, 2007). To meet these considerable challenges, public sector organizations must revisit their strategic management processes and measurement systems. Notable public sector strategist, John Bryson, argues that ‘leaders and managers of public sector organizations must become effective strategists if these organizations are to fulfill their missions, meet their mandates, satisfy their constituents, and create public value in the years ahead’, (Bryson, 2004). The challenge comes with the low profile of strategic management in the sector, not because it is not considered important, but rather because the process has been considered too difficult within complex organizations in the sector, and there are few appropriate strategic

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