Learning to manage within limited resources: Coping strategies and learning breakthroughs in UK local government
International Journal of Public Sector Management
Article publication date: 1 June 1999
This article sets out the main conclusions of a research project into how UK local authorities are managing within limited resources (MLR). Frameworks are developed to aid authorities to plan their approaches to MLR and to situate what they have already done and what they plan to do within a wider portfolio of tactics and strategies. An evaluation is made of how well local government is learning its way through to getting “more from less” and of what local authority support agencies need to do to help authorities to accelerate their learning. Finally, the authors argue that existing learning systems like benchmarking and quality management, while developing rapidly in local government, need further, significant refinement if the costs and benefits of resource management strategies are to be systematically evaluated.
Bovaird, T. and Davis, P. (1999), "Learning to manage within limited resources: Coping strategies and learning breakthroughs in UK local government", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 293-314. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513559910267431
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