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Evaluating the extent of inter-organizational learning and change through the Beacon Council Scheme

Downe, James; Hartley, Jean and Rashman, Lyndsay (2004). Evaluating the extent of inter-organizational learning and change through the Beacon Council Scheme. Public Management Review, 6(4) pp. 531–554.

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This article examines the English Beacon Council Scheme, established by central government to reward excellence in service delivery and to disseminate good practice across local government. Using data from a national survey (N = 314) and seventy-two interviews from twelve case studies, this article examines three research questions. First, how much learning takes place at or through Beacon Council events? Second, to what extent has this learning led to implementation of service and corporate changes in local authorities? Third, what are the enablers and barriers of inter-organizational learning and change from the Beacon Council Scheme? The article demonstrates that the Beacon Council Scheme is relatively successful in sharing good practice but there is uncertainty over where the Scheme fits into the local government modernization agenda. Lessons learnt from sharing good practice in the Beacon Council Scheme may be applicable to other areas of the public sector, in the UK and beyond.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISSN: 1471-9045
Keywords: Beacon; modernization; inter-organizational learning
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 36831
Depositing User: Beryl Ridgway
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2013 10:51
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 22:24
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