Paper info: Special characteristics of public-private relationships - The case of Finnish Defence Forces
Special characteristics of public-private relationships - The case of Finnish Defence Forces
Mika Ojala,Olavi Uusitalo and Tommi Mahlamäki
Tampere University of Technology
Place of Publication
The paper was published at the 24th IMP-conference in Uppsala, Sweden in 2008.
Public sector faces challenges in developing operations that are more efficient. Public-private relationships have certain special characteristics that have to be understood in order to be successful in inter-organizational relationships. This paper provides a case study of public-private relationships in the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF). This public service is important for the whole country and financial efficiency is only a secondary issue in managing the service. A partnership programme has studied possibilities of using private companies in supporting activities of the FDF. Cultural differences between industrial companies and the FDF create challenges in the relationships. In general, the decision-making environment in the FDF, compared with companies, is much more complex including politicians, officials and military officers at different levels. Concepts of the interaction approach provide a helpful tool for analyzing the relationship environment and challenges.