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Title: Strategic management styles in fire services : an Anglo-Danish comparison, 1995-2000
Author: Bradburn, Anton
Awarding Body: London South Bank University
Current Institution: London South Bank University
Date of Award: 2001
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A review of the literature relating to Fire Services reveals a lack of research concerning the meanings and uses of strategy and strategic management in these institutions. The primary aim of this study, therefore, is to contribute to widening debate in this particular field of discourse. The researcher investigated the nature of management style preferences expressed by Chief Fire Officers of fire brigades within the British Fire Service and compared these management behaviours with Chief Fire Officers in Denmark. While the design of the study was cross-national and comparative its overall research strategy employed mixed methods by means of which to generate both quantitative and qualitative data from an empirical approach. Research questions were utilised as guiding issues with which to focus the study consistently on the strategic behaviours of Chief Fire Officers in the public sector brigades in each country. With Chief Officers as its unit of comparison, this study comprises an examination of strategic management styles and behaviours of senior managers in the public sector fire brigades of Britain and Denmark. It is supported by the developing literature on strategy and strategic management in public services contexts, which, nevertheless, has not addressed this area of the public service, where its quasi-military aspect might be thought to give rise especially to marked strategic styles and behaviours. The study is cross-national and comparative in its focus and research strategy. In Britain wholly 'public' fire services are in operation, and a privatised service has never appeared on the main policy agenda. In Denmark, by contrast, the municipal brigades are in competition with a single private sector provider, the 'Falck' company.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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