Public Organization Review

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 213–234

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



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 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Politics and EconomicsClaremont Graduate UniversityClaremontUSA
  2. 2.University of IllinoisChicagoUSA
  3. 3.University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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