Improving Implementation

Improving Implementation

Organisational Change and Project Management

Edited by: John Wanna orcid

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The business of government is necessarily diverse, changing and of considerable scale. A focus on improving the implementation of government programs and initiatives is important because the community expects the Government to deliver on its policies, as does the Government.

The papers included in this collection address numerous aspects of improving implementation. They were initially presented at the Project Management and Organisational Change conference held in Canberra in February 2006, the first annual research conference organised by ANZSOG in conjunction with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. This collection represents a comprehensive drawing together of experience and insight from both practitioners and academic researchers, with speakers including top public sector executives from the Australian jurisdictions as well as representatives from the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand.


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Feb 2007
ANU Press
Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
Social Sciences: Social Policy & Administration

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Section I. Setting the Scene

  1. Introduction — Improving Implementation: the Challenge Ahead (PDF, 130KB)John Wanna doi
  2. Driving Change to Bring About Better Implementation and Delivery (PDF, 162KB)Peter Shergold doi

Section II. Governance, Ownership and Oversight

  1. Managing Major Programs and Projects: A View From the Boardroom (PDF, 2.0MB)Christina Gillies doi
  2. How Boards and Senior Managers Have Governed (PDF, 1.3MB)Raymond C Young doi
  3. Overcoming the ‘White Elephant’ Syndrome in Big and Iconic Projects in the Public and Private Sectors (PDF, 188KB)Scott Prasser doi

Section III. Organisational Alignment — Organisational Change

  1. Organisational Alignment: How Project Management Helps (PDF, 188KB)Abul Rizvi doi
  2. ‘Crazy Thought or Creative Thinking’: Reform in the Real World (PDF, 827KB)Patricia Scott doi
  3. The Australian Taxation Office Change Program: Project and Change Management Directions and Learnings, A Case Study (PDF, 973KB)Bob Webb doi
  4. Applying Three Frames to the Delivery of Public Value (PDF, 133KB)Jim Varghese doi
  5. Building Capacity for Policy Implementation (PDF, 136KB)Anne Tiernan doi

Section IV. Better Project and Program Delivery

  1. Program Management and Organisational Change: New Directions for Implementation (PDF, 145KB)Lynelle Briggs doi
  2. What is a Project Management Culture and How do we Develop it and Keep it Alive (PDF, 187KB)Kathleen Kuryl doi
  3. Project Management and the Australian Bureau of Statistics: Doing What Works (PDF, 237KB)Dennis Trewin doi
  4. Intervention Logic/ Program Logic: Toward Good Practice (PDF, 188KB)Karen Baehler doi

Section V. Implementation Review

  1. Implementing Gateway in the Australian Government (PDF, 421KB)Department of Finance and Administration doi
  2. Governments Can Deliver: Better Practice in Project and Program Delivery (PDF, 425KB)Ian Glenday doi
  3. The Gateway Review Process in Victoria (PDF, 344KB)Wayne Sharpe doi
  4. The Australian Government Cabinet Implementation Unit (PDF, 135KB)Peter Hamburger doi
  5. Organising for Policy Implementation: The Emergence and Role of Implementation Units in Policy Design and Oversight (PDF, 242KB)Evert Lindquist doi

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