Organizing for Co-Production: The Role of Leadership Cultures

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As scholars and practitioners increasingly focus on co-production, they raise questions about its sustainability. Consequently, research has turned towards understanding what enables and hinders co-production within organizations, including a focus on leaders. Building on this work, we argue for a broader focus on how wider leadership can impact co-production. We examine this through six case sites and identify the importance of leadership cultures to embedding co-production within public service organizations. Specifically, our findings highlight the need for a ‘Goldilocks’ leadership culture that balances hierarchy and emergence.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Jun 2023


  • public service organisation
  • leadership
  • co-production


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