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Using continuous improvement and innovation principles for strategic planning in a government department


  • Griffith, Garry R.
  • Mullen, John D.


Continuous Improvement and Innovation (CI&I) is both a management process and a management strategy. In this paper, we describe how CI&I principles have been used in a strategic planning context by the research economist group in the NSW Department of Primary Industries. We provide some background on the development of CI&I as a management concept and describe the steps involved in implementing the CI&I process in this context. We conclude with some observations about the usefulness of this approach for strategic planning in a government department.

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  • Griffith, Garry R. & Mullen, John D., 2009. "Using continuous improvement and innovation principles for strategic planning in a government department," 2009 Conference (53rd), February 11-13, 2009, Cairns, Australia 47650, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aare09:47650

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    1. Jean Hartley, 2005. "Innovation in Governance and Public Services: Past and Present," Public Money & Management, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, vol. 25(1), pages 27-34, January.
    2. Mullen, John D. & Vere, David T., 2003. "Research and Extension Capabilities: Program Economists in New South Wales Agriculture," Research Reports 28013, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Research Economists.
    3. Anonymous, 2004. "Evaluations In 2003 Of Five Areas Of Investment In R&D By Nsw Agriculture: Summary," Research Reports 28002, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Research Economists.
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    1. Clark, Richard & Griffith, Garry & Madzivhandila, Tshilidzi & Mulholland, Cynthia & Nengovhela, Nkhanedzeni & Timms, Janice, 2012. "Learning by Writing: Applying Continuous Improvement and Innovation Principles to Project Management by Formal Documentation and Publication," Australasian Agribusiness Perspectives 234293, University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Land and Environment.

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    Continuous improvement and innovation; process; strategic planning; action design.;

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