Public Sector Organisations as Corporate Citizens

Norris, Christopher Michael (2006) Public Sector Organisations as Corporate Citizens. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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In light of the launch by the Department of Health and the Sustainable Development Commission of the NHS Good Corporate Citizenship Assessment Model, this research explores the application of Corporate Citizenship to public sector organisations. The paper begins with a review of literature on the conceptualisation of Corporate Citizenship and Sustainable Development, including the interplay with the set of ideas labelled New Governance. It also considers previous research into the economic case for the use of public funds to further sustainable development in the light of the UK Government's Sustainable Development Strategy, alongside research into the challenge of managing for public health in the NHS.

The empirical element of this work involves interviews with participants from public sector organisations, half each from NHS trusts and local authorities. The findings from these interviews suggest similarities between perceptions for Corporate Citizenship in the public sector with mainstream conceptions of Corporate Social Responsibility. The use of this terminology is found to be somewhat incoherent given the differing nature of the public and private sectors. Second, the results reinforce the barriers to sustainable practices in the NHS suggested in previous research into public health, and points towards a need for further research in local government. Finally, the Assessment Model is found to be well received within the NHS, albeit restricted in its wider applicability by its design for the target-driven culture of the health service.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2018 18:24

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