- Language: English
- 168 Pages
- Published: February 2013
- Region: United Kingdom
Managing Sustainable Development Programmes: A Learning Approach to Change
- Published: June 2012
- Region: Global
- 232 Pages
- Ashgate Publishing
Project work, driven by competent project leaders drives positive outcomes. Unfortunately these optimistic initial results are often short-sighted with few evaluations of their long-term impact. The research contained in Managing Sustainable Development Programmes reveals an extraordinary level of failure in the durability of large change programmes and projects in both the private and public sectors. In this book the authors question whether sustainable development be achieved within the framework of large publicly financed programmes.
This strong critique of traditional programme implementation overturns much of our current thinking about project delivery and governance. The authors focus instead on sustainable change and development. They show how active ownership and collaboration between different actors and the dynamics of developmental learning can be used to create programmes and projects that contribute to innovation, employment and growth in a way that favours companies, employees, customers and society in a broader sense. The message at its heart is 'don't blame the project leader' but rather look for dynamic possession of projects, joint knowledge management and sharing with external stakeholders that will secure long-term effects.
- Running programmes for sustainable development
- Models of change and evaluation
- Key research findings
- Evaluation for sustainable development
- Lessons from earlier programme initiatives
- Lessons from competence initiatives
- Innovation and the regional fund
- Owning, steering and evaluating large programmes
'As we circle around the "elephant of innovation" this valuable book helps take our blinders off and better understand the process of transition from the tri-partite model of industrial society (government-industry-labour) to the triple helix model of a knowledge- based society (university-industry-government) in which academic institutions play a key role in promoting entrepreneurship.'
Henry Etzkowitz, Stanford University, Human Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute (H-STAR), USA
'Göran Brulin´s and Lennart Svensson´s treatise stands out from the pack of management literature due to its unusual focus on long-term, large, government-funded programs for innovation in combination with the authors´ indisputable experiences from such interventions at the Swedish as well as the multi-national and multi-cultural European level. Read it and learn!'
Evert Vedung, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Uppsala University, Sweden
'Based on a new analysis of why many large-scale publicly funded programmes prove unsustainable, Brulin and Svensson make a compelling case for projects for competence development to be embedded in the dynamics of real workplaces, with all their uncertainties, risks and creative potential. Active ownership of the learning processes is an essential ingredient if innovation to be energised and development sustained.'
Karen Evans, Chair in Education, Institute of Education, University of London, UK