Public Organization Review

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 213-234

First online:

Emergent Management Strategies in a Public Agency: A Case Study of Alternative Fuel Vehicles

  • Benoy JacobAffiliated withSchool of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University Email author 
  • , Eric WelchAffiliated withUniversity of Illinois
  • , Terence SimmsAffiliated withUniversity of Chicago

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The ability of public organizations to invest in emerging technologies is dependent upon the degree to which they can effectively manage the risks of being a lead-user in a political environment. However, little is known about the dimensions and implications of the different forms of risk faced by innovative public organizations as well as the strategies employed to manage them. This paper addresses these issues by studying how one public agency implements a program of replacing its transportation fleet with alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs).


Coping Organizational learning Emergent strategies Alternative fuel vehicles Public sector management