Towards a holistic approach to regeneration: the importance of operational dimensions

BREESE, R. (2008). Towards a holistic approach to regeneration: the importance of operational dimensions. Journal of urban regeneration and renewal, 2 (2), 173-187.

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Abstract

Since urban regeneration became part of government policy in the late 1960s, there have been continuing debates about the merits of an area-based approach, and the alternatives to an area focus, such as the targeting of specific client groups. This paper argues that such debates need to be conceptualised according to the different operational dimensions which are inherent in any human activity, and which are of particular relevance to the delivery of public services. While a particular social group, or a particular theme, might be the primary focus of a regeneration programme, all dimensions come into play in the delivery of the programme, so the design and management of regeneration activity needs to take account of all the dimensions. The paper introduces the Operational Dimensions Framework (ODF), which originated from the author’s experience of managing regeneration programmes in the 1990s. The ODF helps in making sense of the complexity of the context within which regeneration programmes take place, and hence is a good starting point for a holistic approach.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: policy, dimensions, area-based initiatives, holistic, joined-up, operational dimensions framework
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2009
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2014 15:48
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/762

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