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Mobilizing Change in Public Services: Insights from a Systems Leadership Development Intervention

Bolden, Richard; Gulati, Anita; Edwards, Gareth


Richard Bolden
Dir of Res Ctr - Ldrship & Behav Change

Anita Gulati

Gareth Edwards
Professor of Leadership and Community Studies


© 2019, © 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This paper explores the mobilization of systems change through analysis of a place-based ‘systems leadership’ development intervention aimed to develop the capacity of cross-sector partnerships to tackle ‘wicked’ health and social care challenges. Particular attention is given to the role of independent ‘enablers’ in opening up ‘adaptive spaces’ where partners can navigate competing priorities and develop new ways of working. This paper contributes to existing literature by providing an overview of recent developments in the field of public leadership, applying these to the challenge of developing systems leadership capacity and considering implications for future research, development and practice.


Bolden, R., Gulati, A., & Edwards, G. (2020). Mobilizing Change in Public Services: Insights from a Systems Leadership Development Intervention. International Journal of Public Administration, 43(1), 26-36.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 4, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 29, 2019
Publication Date 2020-01
Deposit Date Apr 8, 2019
Publicly Available Date Oct 30, 2020
Journal International Journal of Public Administration
Print ISSN 0190-0692
Electronic ISSN 1532-4265
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 1
Pages 26-36
Keywords wicked problems, complexity, systems leadership, integrative leadership, public value, adaptive leadership
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Public Administration on 29/04/2019, available online:


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