Business and Government in Canada
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: University of Ottawa Press
Series: Governance Series
The purpose of this short book is to engage students in a dialogue on the importance of interactions and interrelations between government and business. Although most countries in the world now embrace "good governance" as a central tenet of development and prosperity, many tensions and choices ...
This book examines five of the most critical thematic challenges confronting business and government in Canada, both separately and collectively, in today's increasingly networked governance environment. The five challenges, explained more fully below, are corporate governance, lobbying and influence, security ...
Chapter One: Corporate Governance
This chapter introduces the topic of corporate governance as increasingly uniting rather than separating business and government in terms of their organization and conduct. Typically thought of in the realm of a private company, corporate governance denotes the mechanisms for accountability and ...
Chapter Two: Lobbying
The previous chapter examined the emergence of corporate governance as a unique but also increasingly shared set of themes across business and government with respect to how organizations are held to account in terms of both conformance and performance. Beyond the converging challenge of ...
Chapter Three: Procurement and Partnering
This chapter examines the expanding scope of partnerships involving the public and private sectors and the opportunities and pitfalls of explicit efforts to effectively align public and private interests. Many public sector scandals in recent years involving private sector lobbying have been driven by procurement—where the government purchases goods and ...
Chapter Four: Security and Privacy
Since September 11, 2001, many national governments have been emboldened to undertake aggressive, preventive strategies aimed at public safety and the circumventing of terrorism. As a result, new technologies viewed during the 1990s as primarily a platform for electronic commerce are now front and centre in ...
Chapter Five: Innovation and Development
The previous chapter concluded by examining how the security challenge transcends any single country despite the predominance of national systems in many aspects of governance (particularly that of the public sector). This chapter begins by extending this transnational lens to the realm of innovation, since the ...
Despite the emergence of a more socially, technologically, and organizationally networked world, the messages put forth by Jacobs, Stanbury, and Paquet with respect to sectoral relations remain useful guideposts. Business and government continue to be fundamentally different in both purpose and structure, ...