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Thema-artikel ‘Uitgesproken Bestuurskunde’

Hoe onzeker is de toekomst, of hoe is de toekomst onzeker?

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 2 2019
Trefwoorden future, uncertainty, strategy, governance, organization
Auteurs Prof. dr. Martijn van der Steen
Samenvatting

    The future is inherently uncertain. No certain statements can be made about the future. This means that policy and management always have to deal with long-term ‘future uncertainty’. However, it does matter how we name uncertainty; what words we use for it. What kind of uncertainty do we mean when we talk about uncertainty in policy processes and management? The same applies to the type of preparation for uncertainty that we choose. The question ‘are we prepared’ can also be answered in different ways. In this contribution we identify a variety of types of uncertainty and types of ways of dealing with uncertainty, based on the text of my Inaugural Speech delivered in 2016. I then discuss how these questions have been translated into research and education and which next steps I foresee for myself in the – although inherently uncertain – near future.


Prof. dr. Martijn van der Steen
Artikel

Wat wendbare organisaties doen (en laten)

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 4 2018
Trefwoorden agility, environmental changes, dynamics, management practices
Auteurs Drs. Mark Nijssen, Dr. Brenda Vermeeren, Drs. Lucien Vermeer e.a.
Samenvatting

    Public organizations are confronted with rapid subsequent changes in their environment. Against this background, we increasingly see and hear a call for agile public organizations. But what exactly is agility? And how can organizations achieve this? In this study, we have developed and validated the concept of agility and empirically identify the effect of different management practices that contribute to agility. This study shows that, seen from the perspective of the experienced dynamics, it is not necessary to be agile for all organizational units within the public sector. At the same time, there is a substantial group that should be more agile given the dynamics they encounter. This study shows that agile organizations are more committed to developing the mindset of employees, influencing the degree of autonomy for decision-making and stimulating the promotion of new ideas and insights.


Drs. Mark Nijssen

Dr. Brenda Vermeeren

Drs. Lucien Vermeer

Ir. Jurgen Visser
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