Bedrosian Center Research Presentations: Musso/Weare and Greenwald

March 28, 2013
2:00pm to 4:00pm

University Park Campus
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL)
308

The Bedrosian Center funds several grants for USC Price faculty research on governance issues. Preference for the awards is given to research focused on collaborative governance, relationships between governance and planning, and government accountability issues. As a condition of the grant, each principal investigator was asked to give a presentation of his or her findings. Today Juliet Musso and Christopher Weare along with Howard Greenwald will present findings on their projects.

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Designing for Capacity: performance management as a governance challenge

Juliet Musso, Associate Professor and Christopher Weare, Research Assistant Professor The performance management literature has identified an array of analytic tools, linked measures to management goals, and discussed the importance of systemic level support in the form of leadership support, managerial capacity, agency level discretion, and a culture of performance. In practice, however, the full array of institutional capacity requisites is rarely in place, begging the questions: How do managers strategically design performance management initiatives given the governance challenges they face with their organizations, and what are opportunities to perform better? The goal of this research is to understand how performance management can improve governance under conditions of severe political, fiscal and institutional constraint.

Intersectoral governance in community-based organizations: prevalence, challenges, and best practices

Howard Greenwald, Professor

Many observers today regard intersectoral collaboration as the key to achieving success in pursuing institutional or policy change, particularly in areas relevant to disadvantaged communities and historically marginalized populations. Concretely, it is uncertain how often intersectoral governance actually takes place, even in enterprises where intersectoral collaboration is encouraged or mandated. Significant barriers to intersectoral governance can be inferred from organization theory yet observation of success in interectoral governance can illustrate how this potentially powerful form of organization can be established and sustained. This research aims at understanding the challenges associated with intersectoral governance, how often and to what extent these challenges are met, and potentially effective methods for overcoming these challenges.