Coordination mechanisms in complex principal-agent relations: The case of the local authority energy and climate consultancy
2009 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Purpose - The purpose of this article is to describe in detail what coordination mechanisms have been used, as well as how they have been used, to achieve an alignment regarding the know-what and know-how of the local authority energy and climate advisors.
Design/methodology/approach - The results presented in this article are mainly based on observations and interviews, and secondary data in form of previously made evaluations and studies, job descriptions, statues and judiciary documents.
Findings - This study illustrates an example of how different coordination mechanisms have been used in complex principal-agent relations to achieve alignment of know-how and know-what in a nascent occupation. These mechanisms have been of both structure and process character, and most importantly they are intertwined. However, the main contribution of this article lies in the illustration of the importance of using coordination mechanisms to create an incentive structure that overarches potential conflicts of interests between the competing principals. Such incentive structure also contributes to a common perception of on main principal, which is vital in order to create alignment of know-how and know-what.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. 1-15 p.
Coordination mechanisms, complex principal-agent relations, local authority energy and climate consultancy
National CategoryEngineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-52146OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-52146DiVA: diva2:279926
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