New development: Responding to complexity in public services—the human learning systems approach

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Abstract

The challenges facing public services and non-profit organizations are complex and multi-faceted, confounding the orthodoxies of bureaucratic public administration and New Public Management approaches. This article discusses the merits and potential of the emerging ‘Human Learning Systems’ (HLS) approach to the funding, commissioning and management of public services as an alternative management logic. Building on prior introductory work, the authors analyse the current state of development, content and operation of HLS and its collaborative process, involving more than 300 organizations. Drawing on the experience of public and non-profit service professionals in adopting and experimenting with this approach, the authors found that HLS can provide a helpful and innovative conceptual frame to promote constructive engagement with complexity in public management theory and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-576
Number of pages4
JournalPublic Money and Management
Volume41
Issue number7
Early online date20 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2021

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