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Images of Environmental Management: Competing Metaphors in Focus Group Discussions of Swedish Environmental Quality Objectives.
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PMID:  22350368     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In managing environmental problems, several countries have chosen the management by objectives (MBO) approach. This paper investigates how focus group participants from the Swedish environmental administration used metaphors to describe the mode of organization needed to attain environmental objectives. Such analysis can shed light on how an MBO system is perceived by actors and how it works in practice. Although the Swedish government intended to stimulate broad-based cooperation among many actors, participants often saw themselves as located at a certain "level," i.e., "higher" or "lower," in the MBO system-that is, their conceptions corresponded to a traditional, hierarchical interpretation of MBO. Prepositions such as "in" and "out" contributed to feelings of inclusion and exclusion on the part of MBO actors. However, horizontal metaphors merged with vertical ones, indicating ongoing competition for the right to interpret how the system of environmental objectives should best be managed. The paper concludes that any organization applying MBO could benefit from discussing alternate ways of talking and thinking about its constituent "levels."
Victoria Wibeck
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental management     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-1009     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-2-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7703893     Medline TA:  Environ Manage     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Thematic Studies, Water and Environmental Studies, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, Linköping University, 60174, Norrköping, Sweden,
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