What's different about public and non-profit "turnaround"?

Paton, Rob and Mordaunt, Jill (2004). What's different about public and non-profit "turnaround"? Public Money and Management, 24(4) pp. 209–216.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9302.2004.00422.x


This article reconstructs the literature on corporate turnaround in terms of its recurring features. It then tests these against the experience of four very different cases of the turnaround or attempted turnaround of public and non-profit organizations. It concludes that while some concepts from the corporate literature usefully highlight important aspects, other critical complicating features of what is needed to achieve a turnaround in public and non-profit contexts would be overlooked or poorly treated if the situation were considered simply in these terms. These complicating features deserve the attention both of practitioners and researchers.

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