Co-production on the inside

How can public organizations develop co-production friendly practices – drawing on the practical wisdom of experienced co-producers?

Anne Tortzen, Annika Agger

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Abstract

Existing research on co-production points to the fact that significant drivers and barriers to co-productive practices are to be found within public organizations themselves. Some scholars talk about a ‘glass-ceiling’ in co-production resulting from organizational practices (Pestoff, 2012; Tortzen, 2017b). Others point to the importance of the attitude of public officials and politicians towards citizen participation, a risk-averse administrative culture and clear incentives for co-producing (Voorberg, Bekkers, & Tummers, 2015). In this paper, we are interested in analyzing 'what happens when ambitions of co-production are translated into an organizational context’? More specifically, we focus on the 'practices'; 'mindsets' and 'organizational culture' enabling or inhibiting co-production. Drawing on a case-study of a Danish municipality consisting of 18 qualitative interviews with employees experienced in working with co-production, the paper contributes with an ‘insider’ perspective on co-production based on the ‘practice wisdom’ of public employees. The aim is to contribute to organizational learning by providing knowledge that may serve as a starting point for developing more ‘co-production friendly’ practices in public organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date29 Aug 2019
Publication statusIn preparation - 29 Aug 2019

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