Élaborer des stratégies pour relever de grands défis: développement économique et traditions de gouvernance au sein des gouvernements locaux de Malaisie

Translated title of the contribution: Strategizing for grand challenges: economic development and governance traditions in Malaysian local government

Jeffrey Hughes, Kevin Orr, Mazlan Yusoff

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This qualitative study provides empirical knowledge and develops theory about the role of strategic management in Malaysian local government. As the country addresses the grand challenge of economic growth amid enduring national aspirations of moving from developing to fully developed status, the analysis identifies six approaches to strategic management across nine Malaysian local authorities. Rather than presenting a linear story of progression, the six models of strategizing in Malaysia illuminate the governance traditions that co-exist in this setting. The study examines the assumptions about public management that underpin the different approaches and relates these to the country’s inheritance of classical public administration and centralized government, the introduction of New Public Management, and the subsequent emergence of features of New Public Governance. It contributes to theory by providing an analysis of the role of strategy in each of the three governance traditions and connects debates about local governance with scholarship on strategic management. It also contributes to the emerging literature on strategizing for grand challenges and the limited repository of such studies located in a public sector context. The article ends by identifying the implications for policy and practice and suggesting areas for further research.Points for practitionersThis study highlights the need for collaboration to address strategic meta problems, manage economic pressures and deliver public services.The six approaches to strategy development presented provide a set of models and frames through which practitioners may assess their local environment.Our typology offers a basis for cross-sectoral learning and reflection, including ways of diagnosing contextual variables and developing strategic knowledge.The Malaysian case shows how the context of strategy formation has been affected by the shift from local government to governance, as well as by interacting colonial legacies.
Translated title of the contributionStrategizing for grand challenges: economic development and governance traditions in Malaysian local government
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)55-74
Number of pages20
JournalRevue Internationale des Sciences Administratives
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023


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