Mary Lee Rhodes

Mary Lee Rhodes
Trinity College Dublin | TCD · School of Business

PhD

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September 1998 - present
Trinity College Dublin
Position
  • Director Undergraduate Programme
September 1998 - February 2019
Trinity College Dublin
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  • Managing Director

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Publications (36)
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Nature-based enterprises (NBEs) have recently emerged as important actors in the delivery of nature-based solutions (NBS) to societal challenges, but little is known about the context in which they operate and the factors influencing their development. The empirical research undertaken in this study provides a first insight into the most significan...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the applicability of the complexity-based temporary innovation system (TIS) framework to social innovation and examine the extent to which “nature-based solution” (NBS) projects may be understood through a TIS lens. It is proposed that TIS provides a framework to facilitate multi-actor engagement in s...
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This chapter introduces 12 categories of societal challenges that NBS can address (Section 4.1). These are conceptually mapped against the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For each of the 12 societal challenge areas, Section 4.2 outlines and lists indicators to evaluate the performance and impact of NBS. It reviews the different types of NBS, give...
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Nature-based solutions (NBS) to address societal challenges have been widely recognised and adopted by governments in climate change and biodiversity strategies. Nevertheless, significant barriers exist for the necessary large-scale implementation of NBS and market development is still in its infancy. This study presents findings from a systematic...
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Climate change initiatives need to be better managed by public management scholars and practitioners as they are fast becoming critical features of public policy and implementation. The EC and UN have recently identified nature-based solutions (NBS) as a policy priority with significant potential to mitigate against climate change. 'Governance' in...
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Sustainable decision making for strategic planning requires support frameworks which can analyse and interpret the multiple interactions underpinning complex urban environments. Such frameworks are often based on economic measures, consequently there is a need for a decision support framework designed to aid work towards a more holistic view of sus...
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Introduction to the special issue ‘Teaching Complexity’
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Sustainable decision making for strategic planning requires support frameworks which can analyse and interpret the multiple interactions underpinning complex urban environments. Such frameworks are often based on economic measures, consequently there is a need for a decision support framework designed to aid work towards a more holistic view of sus...
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This paper assesses the extent to which a fitness landscape (FL) perspective on complex social systems offers useful insights for both theory and practice in public administration. It has been claimed that FL models have strong potential for integrating existing theory and facilitating the development of models for theory development and testing as...
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A review of current literature on leadership and public administration quickly identifies an unease with present models of leadership and how appropriate they are in an increasingly complex public sector environment (McKelvey and Lichtenstein, 2007). Recent research has identified a number of significant enabling leadership dualisms in project impl...
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The recognition that wicked problems persist across, and are to be resolved within, poly-centric governance arrangements and that policies are a deeply contingent phenomenon serves as the foundation for contemporary applications of theories of complexity to the study of contemporary governance. This chapter traces important foundations that contrib...
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Complexity in public sector systems requires leaders to balance the administrative practices necessary to be aligned and efficient in the management of routine challenges and the adaptive practices required to respond to dynamic circumstances. Conventional notions of leadership in the field of public administration do not fully explain the role of...
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In this paper we explore the nature of hybrid organisations and report on the existence over time in social housing in Ireland. We first review the literature to identify three different conceptualisations of the concept of hybridity and its relation to the study on nonprofit organisations. We then look at hybridity in social housing in Ireland ove...
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This paper explores the processes of decision-making in complex public service systems - specifically metropolitan infrastructure projects. The aim is to identify the factors influencing decision-making and the strategic approaches to organizing arising from different combinations of these factors in multi-agent contexts. Through the examination of...
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Purpose – This article seeks to assess how performance management in the public domain has evolved over the last several years both in terms of theory and practice in selected countries. The paper also aims to act as the editorial for the special issue of the journal. Design/methodology/approach – Drawing on Bouckaert and Halligan as a framework fo...
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Purpose This paper seeks to extend the analysis of performance management regimes by Bouckaert and Halligan to other countries in order to contribute to the developing theory of forms and challenges in public sector performance management. Design/methodology/approach The state of performance management and the context in which it has evolved is as...
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That public services exhibit unpredictability, novelty and, on occasion, chaos, is an observation with which even a casual observer would agree. Existing theoretical frameworks in public management fail to address these features, relying more heavily on attempts to eliminate unpredictability through increased reliance on measurable performance obje...
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This paper describes how the processes of evaluation interact with the complex processes of policy and implementation, with a view to exploring the implications relating to the nature of evidence, the impact of evaluation on policy and practice and the challenges inherent in evaluation activities. Recent studies of evaluation and evidence-based pol...
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in the housing studies field and some examples thereof and set an agenda for future analysis of network governance in housing studies. These examples illustrated through case studies some of the distinctive contributions of the network approach. These included the importance of the changing actors and characteristics of organizations participating...
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This paper examines the role and impact of the private sector in urban regeneration and social housing in Ireland in the context of a shift towards mixed market models adopted by governments in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. A complex adaptive systems (CAS) framework is used to analyse six case studies in urban regeneration in o...
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This introduction to the special issue on 'market concepts, coordination mechanisms and new actors in social housing' makes the case for multi-disciplinary and multi-level studies of the impacts of market-oriented policies aimed at social housing. The authors suggest that privatisation, tenant purchase programmes, market oriented policy shifts, inc...
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This article examines the processes and outcomes of community involvement in six Irish urban regeneration case studies, three in Dublin and three in Belfast. The findings are part of a wider study using a Complex Adaptive Systems perspective to analyse public sector decision making. Key points included: (1) the community 'vision' of the regeneratio...
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This article reports on a three-year study of six urban regeneration projects in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in which a 'complexity perspective' was applied to the analysis and interpretation of decision making in the public domain. The goal of the research was to gain insight into the features that affect public sector outcomes an...
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In this paper we explore how the com- plexity theory concepts may be applied to social entrepreneurship to generate new insights for theory and practice, along with some of the challenges that social entrepreneurship presents for complexity theorists. The first part of the paper deals with issues in the development of theories of social entrepreneu...
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This article examines the strategy choices of various agents in the housing system in the Republic of Ireland with a view to understanding the range of choices and the environmental factors that drive strategy and outcomes in the housing domain. Using a complex adaptive systems (CAS) framework, the strategic decisions in 50 different organizations...
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In this paper we examine the processes and participants in urban regeneration with a view to identifying the nature of collaborative decision making in a particular policy arena. Recognizing that the environment in which public managers operate is a complex nexus of agency, structure, environment, and feedback processes, we apply a complex adaptive...
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This paper applies organizational field analysis to compare the structure of the third sector housing fields in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Following preliminary accounts of history, structure, funding, and regulation, four key dimensions of field structure are compared: interaction, subgroups, structural equivalence, and patterns...
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Policy relating to the delivery of core public services in Ireland, such as housing, health, education, etc. has undergone significant change in the last decade, with the introduction of legislation addressing civil service reform, economic incentives, the relationship between public, private and non-profit participants and the role of regulation....
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Housing associations are non-profit organisations specialising in building, renovating and managing housing for lower income groups in housing need. The role of non-profit or limited profit organisations is well established in the housing sectors of many developed societies. However, the precise institutional arrangements are extremely variable (Tu...

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Connecting Nature brings together 29 partner organisations from 16 EU countries including local authorities, communities, industry partners, NGOs and academics. Through Connecting Nature, 11 European cities will invest in multi-million-euro large scale implementation test-beds of nature-based solutions and measure the impact of this approach on climate change adaptation, health and well-being, social cohesion as well as sustainable economic development. As the project develops, it will create similar consortia in China, Korea, Brazil and the Caucuses, building capacity in cities for scaling out nature-based solutions.