Summary and reflections for future research

Lead Author Jan, Mouritsen
Institution Contact Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Theme Theme 5: New Markets for the Arctic, including Trade, Tourism and Transportation
Session Name 5.3 Management of the High North: the role of context, strategies and plans
Datetime Wed, Sep 14, 2016 11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text A dilemma associated with budgetary reform programs is that the aspiration to unlock local initiative and innovation by delegation of responsibilities for broad strategic results is that specification of such results has stopped innovation and initiative. While the program of NPM has the ambition to make local manager and institutions more of a set of actors who can influence the properties of the local by integrating wider and narrower issues and concerns, it seems that the NPM program it has turned these actors into puppets on a string. This has happened because the targets have become detailed and many. Therefore actors cannot make trade-offs.
What would it take to make NPM more interested in developing the socio-economic status of a space? It does not mean to refuse targets but it may mean that targets should be make more a dialogue with the socio-economic concerns they are understood to help bring about. In this sense targets are understood to make strategy more vibrant. This may happen by learning from the so-called promissory economy. This is a economy where it is accepted that any target requires new investments and efforts by many parties and that the target cannot pre-empt all the things that have to be made to fulfill promise. This invites the proposition that targets, since they are incomplete, may be accorded a more tentative role in order to be more interesting for a wider development of socio-economic relations. The tension in this approach is that part of the process is to find out whether the target is a good one or whether, by learning about things while they happen, other targets may also be relevant.
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