And what do you Want for the Future? Community Engagement and Visioning Boards in a Swedish Local Government

By Peter Demediuk.

Published by The Organization Collection

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This case study explores the development of new ‘visioning’ boards’ in a Swedish municipality (kommun). The visioning boards initiative has two key dimensions. Firstly, the boards constitute a systemic change in the political and managerial frameworks, and are designed to increase the clarity and effectiveness of internal political and administrative tasks, roles and processes. Secondly, the boards are a platform for increasing the amount of community engagement within the kommun, and a device for gaining a vision that better reflects inhabitants’ needs and priorities. Whilst the boards are designed to inform better efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery and infrastructure provision, the overriding rationale is one of strengthening local democracy and decreasing a disconnect between citizens and their kommun. The case interrogates what the visioning boards mean for the ideals of good decision making, sustainable government, and a strong community, and the study demonstrates the importance of assessing and acting-on shortfalls in political and managerial structures and processes and organisational culture prior to the introduction of major community engagement initiatives - rather than the other way around.

Keywords: Local Government, Visioning, Sweden, Management Frameworks, Political Frameworks, Systemic Change

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.537-550. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 663.605KB).

Dr. Peter Demediuk

Senior Lecturer, School of Accounting & CTSR, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Peter Demediuk is Director of postgraduate accounting programs at Victoria University in Australia, Visiting Professor in Performance Management at Reims Management School in France, and Visiting researcher at Gothenburg Research Institute in Sweden. Research interests include: critical success factors in small wineries; and how public sector management reforms and ideas travel and are translated in new contexts – especially in the realm of community engagement.

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