Happy Ever After? Making Sense of Narrative in Creating Police Values

Michael Macauley, Michael Rowe

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This paper explores how New Zealand Police used story-telling as a crucial driver of co-creation in order to affect a major culture change. Using evidence from over 240 semi-structured interviews, our research challenges current thinking about police cultures and shows how allowing members of an agency to develop and share reflective narratives can promote attachment to new cultural values, through sensemaking. In so doing it extends current literature on co-creation and co-production, and the impact of story-telling on power relationships in organizational culture. It suggests that the crafting and sharing of stories enables value-attribution in a co-creative environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1306-1323
Number of pages18
JournalPublic Management Review
Issue number9
Early online date15 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020


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