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Paper info: Special characteristics of public-private relationships - The case of Finnish Defence Forces

Title


Special characteristics of public-private relationships - The case of Finnish Defence Forces

Authors


Mika Ojala,
Olavi Uusitalo
Tampere University of Technology
Finland
Olavi Uusitalo and Tommi Mahlamäki

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 24th IMP-conference in Uppsala, Sweden in 2008.

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Abstract


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.