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Senior public leaders’ perceptions of business intelligence

Mikael Hellström (School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Lund, Sweden)
Ulf Ramberg (School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Lund, Sweden)

International Journal of Public Leadership

ISSN: 2056-4929

Article publication date: 9 April 2019

Issue publication date: 2 May 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to address the perceptions senior public leaders in local government have regarding the need for business intelligence and their perceptions of the extent to which their organizations are capable of effectively assimilating business intelligence.

Design/methodology/approach

The data are from a survey on local governments’ need for and capability to use business intelligence, with a response rate of 50.5 percent, and semi-structured interviews. The survey method originates from private sector research but is adapted to local government conditions in Sweden.

Findings

The leaders’ perceptions about the need for business intelligence were fragmented. Their perceptions regarding its use were even more fragmented, both between different municipalities and within municipalities.

Research limitations/implications

The survey is adapted to local government conditions in Sweden and may need further changes to fit other settings. The adaptation and renewal of questions can lead to summation errors in relation to the original survey.

Practical implications

The paper highlights some of the strategic areas where senior public leaders need to advance their business intelligence and prioritize specific organizational capabilities. The dominant logic, enhancing an inward-looking approach, seems to prevent a more thoroughgoing business analysis.

Originality/value

The adaptation of a method that is mainly used in the private sector can give new perspectives to senior public leaders regarding the need for and use of business intelligence and can help them identify the factors that can affect the complexity and volatility in local government settings.

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Citation

Hellström, M. and Ramberg, U. (2019), "Senior public leaders’ perceptions of business intelligence", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 113-128. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPL-11-2018-0055

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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