When globalization affects jobs and economies, policy makers strive to plan, design and implement actions to support their communities and businesses (Ansell and Gash 2007). Furthermore, local development policies are at the core of international cooperation programs or more in general represent a challenge for emerging countries. They could refer to infrastructure, entrepreneurship innovation or urban renewal. However, more frequently than not, development policies, which involve different institutional levels and public and private players, fail due to poor implementation management. This research book presents a managerial approach (the so called Managerial Flow) that could help the closure of gaps that hamper an efficient and effective policy execution.

The managerial flow model observes the phenomenon of policy implementation for economic development through managerial lens. In the book, the research team has empirically identified five gaps in practice whereupon public policy implementation falls down. As a response Managerial Flow model outlines sets of managerial actions that can be adopted to facilitate a clear ‘flow’ from policy development through to implementation.

This book expands on the Managerial Flow model, and acts as both a practical guide to stimulate evidence based policy implementation in governments and as theoretical contribution to policy and strategy execution.

Written for researchers and academics, this book begins by outlining the theoretical foundations of Managerial Flow and moves to unpack application and cases, based in different sectors and countries, in order to discuss and show how the Managerial Flow approach can concretely support managers in the implementation of economic development policies. It reviews and discusses how the managerial flow could be relevant in the implementation of a set of sectorial policies and uses the managerial flow concept to analyse cases of economic development and establish lessons for broader management scope.

part I|41 pages

Introduction and Overview

part II|43 pages

Innovation and Managerial Flow

chapter 4|15 pages

Implementing Innovation Policy

The Function of Strategic Orientation, Networks, and Relationships

chapter 5|14 pages

Transforming Singapore's Innovation System

An Analysis Using the Managerial Flow Model

part III|43 pages

Economic Development and Managerial Flow

chapter 7|9 pages

Bottom-Up Local Government Change and Managerial Flow

A Regional Australian Case Study

chapter 9|18 pages

Managerial Flow and Paradox

Postconflict Development in the Balkans

part IV|42 pages

Clusters, Entrepreneurship, and Managerial Flow

chapter 10|15 pages

Managing Complexities Through Flow in Industry Clusters

An Emergent Framework and Case-Study Evidence From Australia

chapter 11|14 pages

Small to Medium-Sized Enterprise Innovation

Using Collaborative Networks to Bridge Policy and Praxis

chapter 12|11 pages

Souk At-Tanmia

An Integrated Approach to Entrepreneurship Development in Postrevolution Tunisia

part V|47 pages

Investments, Public–Private Partnerships, and Managerial Flow

chapter 13|11 pages

Urban Regeneration in the Netherlands

Managerial Flow and Organizational Form

chapter 14|20 pages

Gaps in Small to Medium-Sized Enterprise Policy Implementation

The Case of the Italian Central Guarantee Fund 1

chapter 15|14 pages

Closing Public–Private Partnerships' Gaps in Italy

From Legal Microsurgery to Managerial Flow