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In recent decades, reformers have made the case that improving public service performance required changing budgetary incentives and constraints. One traditional criticism of the budget process was that it fostered consensus via incrementalism and inflexibility by focusing upon inputs for accountability, and did this at the expense of a strategic focus on performance. Responses to this have included adding performance information to the budgetary process, but implementation has been inconsistent and public officials have struggled to make use of this information because its addition does not overcome the problem that budgetary reform can be viewed as symbolic.
Organizational culture, while perhaps the glue of an organization, is a very broad subject. However, from time to time governments and reform movements promote particular norms and values that they would like to see imbued in the cultures of public agencies. Much of the rhetoric in recent years has been on the importance of results-oriented cultures, as opposed to procedure-dominated ones, as drivers of public service performance. Human resource management practices have been characterized as hard and soft.
Managers are called upon to help coordinate co-production, encourage inter-organizational cooperation and exploit opportunities presented by and from the networked environment of the focal organization, as well as to work externally to buffer production in the core organization from environmental disruptions. Even policy implementation schemes designed as single hierarchies require public managers to create networks in the organization’s environment and to manage these networks to achieve greater levels of performance.