About SLIP

SLIP - Strategic Leadership Reseach in the Public Sector is the strategic research program of the Danish Ministry of Finance on the Future of Public Management/Leadership - in search of new paradigms of public value creation and leadership competences
The transformation from the industrial to knowledge society implies significant changes in the role and function of the public sector and its management.
The challenge of change has been on the agenda since the beginning of the 80s, where market-type and business inspired mechanisms were introduced in most OECD countries. Perceiving the public value creation as a service and the citizens as customers implied a basic change in the management concepts. After 25 years of functioning and development the so-called NPM has reached its full potential. In some aspects NPM has turned into a burden for effective and innovative public sector performance and development. An example could be the exaggerated use of measurement and documentation, which has colonized public work culture and standardized management thinking. In the light the limitations of NPM - emphasized by a decreasing labour supply and increased citizens' expectations from service delivery - the Danish government has set up a national research program on the future of public sector leadership. The research is supposed to emphasize dialogue, cross-sectoral dissemination of experience and knowledge and close cooperation with public sector service and governance institutions. The core elements of the program on public sector leadership were primarily defined as follows:
  • The professional employee and the workplace of the future
  • The development of management and leadership competencies
  • New perspectives of organizing and types of organization
  • The change in concepts of Steering and Governance and new types of management technologies
The Centre for Business Development and Management (CVL) at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) has established a consortium with ministries, local/regional government units and industrial federations to define the problems and the demand of the program. The consortium has developed 6 PhD-research projects to be conducted in close cooperation with one or several "host" government agencies. To give meaning and mission and to use the different types of knowledge produced form the PhD-projects the consortium has established an overarching general project including key researchers on (public sector) management and leadership from Denmark and the other Scandinavian countries. It is our intention to include members of the international research community in the general project. The goal is to inspire the perspectives and problem setting of public administration, to create originality in research of and emphasize on understanding the drivers of behaviour and to assure excellence and social value of research findings. The consortium will invite leading researchers to participate on a part-time basis with workload and frequency individually agreed depending on common interest, time available and financial resources.

The general project will have its own agenda to be developed in the light of initial discussion in the group. The issues of the 6 PhD projects will, however, have substantial overlap and can be seen as an important contribution to the whole program. These issues are:

1. Meta-lab: Developing a concept of and practicing experimental change in politically driven institutions. The laboratory is viewed as a community of actors with different knowledge, norms and dreams, who share the diversity and complexity of their perceived reality.

2. The Discourse of Management in Denmark. A critical study of different values and concepts and its consequences for Management Development and Education.
3. Strategy executed with meaning, motivation and magic: Developing the use of performance contracts in the public sector. 4. The effect of certified management courses on daily management practices. 5. Cross pressure. Causes, effects and management of complex relations in public sector institutions. 6. New ways of organizing and steering. The relation between different types of organizations and different types of accountability. The project(s) will be initiated in March 2010 and the final report(s) will be delivered during 2013.
The invited international panel of management researchers will contribute to the visions of new paradigms for the future leadership thinking concerned of the public sector: Professor James G. March, Stanford University, USA Professor Ralph Stacey, University of Hertfordshire, UK Professor Mats Alvesson, Lunds Universitet Professor Kjell Arne Røvik, Tromsø UniversitetProfessor Tor Busch, Trondheim Universitet Professor Björn Rombach, Göteborg Universitet Professor Erik Johnsen, CAMS ved CBS Vicedekan, lektor Dorthe Pedersen, CBS Public, CBS Professor Torben Beck Jørgensen, Københavns Universitet Professor Kurt Klaudi Klausen, Syddansk Universitet Professor Hanne Nørreklit, Handelshøjskolen, Århus Universitet Professor Lennart Nørreklit, Aalborg Universitet Professor Niels Aakerstrøm Andersen, CBS Adj. professor Bøje Larsen, CVL, CBSProfessor Ole Fogh Kirkeby, CBS Professor Nils Brunsson, Stockholms Universitet Professor Steen Hildebrandt, Århus Universitet Professor Tom Christensen, Universitetet i Oslo Professor Lars-Henrik Schmidt, Århus Universitet
Please contact Preben Melander or Henrik Hjortdal if you would like more inforamation on SLIP Centre for Business Development & Management (Center for Virksomhedsudvikling & Ledelse) Copenhagen Business School Howitzvej 11-13 2000 Frederiksberg Denmark
Preben Melander: Tel: +45 3815 2906, Email: Henrik Hjortdal: Mobile: +45 2273 2663, Email:

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