Relational Leadership: An Analytical Lens for the Exploration of Co-production

Hans Schlappa, Yassaman Imani, Tatsuya Nishino

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In this chapter, we develop a conceptual framework for the exploration of leadership in the co-production processes. Our analytical perspective draws on relational leadership theory for developing a framework in which context, motivations and power are the key variables. These variables are then applied to two different analytical frames which support the analysis of levels and stages of co-production. Our model integrates relational leadership variables with individual, group and societal levels of co-production and the co-production cycle. This combination provides a powerful framework for the rigorous analysis of leadership in co-production processes. We use a case study of a small town in Germany to illustrate how leadership emerges and evolves as professionals and citizens co-produce strategy, physical improvements and services.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Co-production of Public Services and Outcomes
EditorsTony Bovaird, Elke Loeffler
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020


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