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Delivering public value by selected government departments in South Africa – Perceptions of senior managers

David Pooe, Watson Munyanyi
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 25, No 1 | a3791 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v25i1.3791 | © 2022 David Pooe, Watson Munyanyi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 August 2020 | Published: 25 August 2022

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David Pooe, Department of Business Management, College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Watson Munyanyi, Department of Business Management, College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: Over the years, the expectations of both the public and private sectors regarding value have changed significantly, thereby increasing the need for government departments to revisit their public-value creation model.

Aim: This study sought to explore perceptions of senior managers in selected national government departments in South Africa with regard to the influence of information sharing, process innovation, stakeholder analysis and engagement in the relational governance and public value.

Setting: The respondents were 230 senior managers from the five national government departments who, over time and in various groups, attended the Executive Development Programme hosted by the National School of Government.

Methods: A quantitative research approach involving a cross-sectional survey design was followed in the study. Data were analysed by means of structural equation modelling (SEM).

Results: In the study a strong, positive relationship was found between information sharing, process innovation, stakeholder analysis and relational governance. Further, a strong positive relationship between relational governance and public value was also established.

Conclusion: Based on the perceptions of senior managers, government departments seeking to deliver superior public value need to focus primarily on managing their relational governance. To that end, it is vital that they develop their information-sharing and process innovation, as well as stakeholder analysis and engagement.


Keywords

information sharing; process innovation; stakeholder engagement; relational governance; public value

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