Public Organization Review

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 317–337 | Cite as

Towards New Public Management in Greek Public Organizations: Leadership vs. Management, and the Path to Implementation

  • Sophia S. PhilippidouEmail author
  • Klas Eric Soderquist
  • Gregory P. Prastacos
Original Paper


In the beginning of the 21st century, when the notion of constant transformation is so frequently invoked, organizational change in the public sector is gaining increased attention. Responding to regulatory, economic, competitive and technological shifts, the challenge of reorganization is universal for all public organizations. This paper aims to explore the shift from Traditional to New Public Management (NPM), as well as the driving forces (such as the information economy, the need for better public performance, the opening of global markets, greater knowledge intensity etc.) that lead to the formulation of transformational programs to Greece. A presentation of a transformational program called Politeia, will be provided, analysed and compared to previous efforts. Finally, we address the important role of leadership and management in Greek public organizations that want successful to implement any change effort successfully.

Key words

New Public Management bureaucracy organizational change leadership management Greek public sector 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sophia S. Philippidou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Klas Eric Soderquist
    • 1
  • Gregory P. Prastacos
    • 1
  1. 1.Management Science Laboratory, Department of Management Science and TechnologyAthens University of Economics and BusinessAthensGreece

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