Public management – Deliberations concerning boundaries

  • Jan Lichtarski Wrocław University of Economics
  • Dominika Bąk-Grabowska Wrocław University of Economics
Keywords: public organization, public sector, boundaries, administration, governing, command

Abstract

The aim of this article is to join a discussion on the limits of public management. Based on an analysis of the literature, the authors discuss the following issues: (1) the way management and synonymous notions, such as administration, governing and command, are described; (2) the outer limits of management (in relation to actions of non-managerial character); (3) the nature of public organizations, the heterogeneity of the category of ‘public organizations’, and intensification of the cooperation between public organizations and business and social organizations; (4) the problems of adapting business methods to public organizations. The authors posit the need to precisely define the meaning and the limits of the concept of ‘management’ in relation to a set of synonymous notions referring to managerial actions
occurring in the functioning of the public sector. They also stipulate that their choice of notion characteristics and indications of their typical states, should be treated as an initial proposal, open for discussion and modification.

Author Biographies

Jan Lichtarski, Wrocław University of Economics

Department of Economics and Organization of Enterprises
ul. Komandorska 118–120, 53-345 Wrocław

Dominika Bąk-Grabowska, Wrocław University of Economics

Department of Economics and Organization of Enterprises
ul. Komandorska 118–120, 53-345 Wrocław

Published
2017-02-09
How to Cite
Lichtarski, J., & Bąk-Grabowska, D. (2017, February 9). Public management – Deliberations concerning boundaries. Public Governance / Zarządzanie Publiczne, (40(2), 7-16. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.15678/ZP.2017.40.2.01