A critical appraisal of the obstacles associated with sharing property assets in the public sector and an analysis of potential solutions

Over, Paul E. (2009) A critical appraisal of the obstacles associated with sharing property assets in the public sector and an analysis of potential solutions. MBA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Property sharing in the public sector has been encouraged nationally by cross-party political support for over ten years. Nevertheless, many commentators are surprised at the lack of take up of proposals, despite the growing pressure on public finances and increasing customer expectations for integrated services. If services are to be integrated across agencies the property assets of the various partners need to be shared, yet there is little detailed guidance on how this might be achieved. This analysis provides an insight into the methods used by successful property sharing authorities to deliver integrated public services. Additional drivers to cost savings and service improvement have been identified as: opportunity, strategic requirements, staff enhancement and desire. When these additional drivers are present the prevalence of property sharing is enhanced. Barriers to sharing property have also been identified. The coordination of property needs, policies, objectives and funding appears as a super-ordinate barrier together with the existence of trust between parties, which must be addressed early. These solutions to property sharing barriers are synthesised into a property-sharing framework, identifying a range of techniques that are within the control of local government and the voluntary sector to initiate. Key to these techniques is the investment of time to develop trust and understand property needs, arming property professionals with change management skills and developing a creative culture within the organization. The use of robust business planning techniques with customers at their heart will also overcome some of the financial and technical/legal barriers that exist. The presence of a champion will enhance the chances of worthwhile initiatives being persisted with. Local government and their partners should adopt the framework to enhance property-sharing initiatives and ensure that property plays an effective role in transforming public sector services. Externally central government must clarify the prospects for local government reorganization, which was identified as the source of mistrust in some two-tier areas, and strengthen the role of the local strategic partnership to interpret collaboratively the collective property needs of all agencies.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Portsmouth Business School > Operations and Systems Management
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/684

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