Dr Paul Williams

 

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​Reader in Public Management and Collaboration

Department: Business and Management
Telephone No: +44(0)29 2041 6386
Email Address: pmwilliams@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Dr Paul Williams is Reader in Public Management and Collaboration at the School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University. He spent over 20 years in Welsh local government involved in corporate planning, partnership working and research. Following a Masters in Public Policy and a PhD, he embarked upon an academic career at the University of Swansea, prior to joining Cardiff Metropolitan University.

He lectures on public management, strategic management and leadership development. His research interests are focused on collaboration and he has undertaken research studies in Wales on sustainable development, equality in local government, community strategies and partnership working between health and social care. Paul has developed a particular expertise and international reputation for his work on the role and competencies of boundary spanners. In addition, he has researched and published widely on integration in health and social care, especially leadership, and learning and knowledge management.  ​


Research

2014/15  Research study on the role of middle managers in collaboration for a Welsh local Council

2012/13 Research study on the use of the locality model in the design and delivery of mental health services in a Welsh Valley

2011/12 Research study on Learning and Knowledge Management in Integrated Care

2009/10 Principal Investigator on ESRC Research Seminar Series: 'Collaborative Futures: New insights from intra and inter-sectoral collaboration'.

2007/8 Review on Partnership Working, Preparation of Good Practice Guide and Case Studies in Health and Social Care Partnerships in Wales for the NLIAH in Wales in collaboration with the University of the West of England

2006 Review of the Role and Function of Elected Members in Wales for Welsh Assembly Government in collaboration with CRG Consultants, Cardiff University and the University of Birmingham

2005/6 National Evaluation of Community Strategies in Wales for Welsh Assembly Government in collaboration with the University of the West of England and the University of Birmingham

2003/4 Managing Equality in Local Government in Wales for the Welsh Local Government Association

2003/4 Sustainable Development in Wales: Understanding Effective Governance with a Joseph Rowntree Foundation Grant

Publications

Journal Papers

Williams, P.M. (2012) Collaboration in Public Policy and Practice: The Role of Boundary Spanners Bristol: Policy Press

Sullivan, H. Williams, P.M. Marchington, M. and Knight, L. (2012) "Collaborative futures: Discursive Realignments in Austere Times", Public Money and Management, Vol. 33 No. 2, pp. 123- 130

Sullivan, H. and Williams, P. (2012) "Whose kettle? Exploring the role of objects in managing and mediating the boundaries of integration in health and social care", Journal of Health Management and Organization, Vol. 26, No. 6, pp. 697-712.​

Williams, P.M. (2012) “The role of leadership in learning and knowledge for integration”, Journal of Integrated Care, Vol 20 Issue 3.

Williams, P.M. (2012) "We are all boundary spanners now?", International Journal of Public Sector Management

Williams, P.M. (2012) “Inte​gration in Health and Social Care: A Case of Learning and​ Knowledge Management, Health and Social Care in the Community

Sullivan, H. Williams, P.M. Marchington, M. and Knight, L. (2012) “Collaborative futures: New insights from inter and intra-sectoral collaboration”, Public Money and Management

Sullivan, H. and Williams, P. (2012) “Objects of Integration”, Special Issue on Integration of the Journal of Health Management and Organization

Williams, P.M. Sullivan, H. and Jeffares, S. (2012) “Leadership for Collaboration: Situated Agency, Public Management Review, Vol. 14. No. 1 pp. 41-66.

Williams, P.M. (2011) "The life and times of the boundary spanner", Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 19 No. 3 pp. 25-33.​

Williams, P.M. and Sullivan, H. (2010) “Lessons in Leadership for Learning and Knowledge Management in Multi-Organizational Settin​gs, International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, Vol 7 Issue 1, pp 6-20.

Williams, P.M. and Sullivan, H. (2010) “Despite allwe know about collaborativ​e working, why do we still get it wrong?” , Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 18. No 4 pp4-15.

Williams, P.M. and Sullivan, H. (2009) "Faces of Integration", International Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 9, No 22, pp. 1-13.​

Williams, P.M. and Sullivan, H. (2009) “The Limits of Co-ordination: Community S​trategies as Multi-Purpose Vehicles in Wales, Local Government Studies, Vol 35 No. 2, pp. 161-180.

Multi-Purpose Vehicles in Wales”, Local Government Studies, 35 (2):161-180 Williams, P.M. and Sullivan, H. (2007) Working in Collaboration: Learning from Theory and Practice Cardiff: NLIAH ​

Williams, P.M. (2006) “The Governance of Sustainable Development in Wales”, in Local Environment, 11(3): 253-267

Stiles, J. and Williams, P.M. (2004) "The impact of collaborative motivation on complex multi-agency partnership: A case study of the U.K.", in Beyerlein, M.M. 

Johnson, D.A. and Beyerlein, S.T. (eds) Complex Collaboration: Building Capabilities for Working Across Boundaries London: Elsevier

Williams, P.M. (2002) "Community Strategies: Mainstreaming Sustainable Development and Strategic Planning?, Sustainable Development, 10:197-205

Williams, P.M. (2002) "The competent boundary spanner", Public Administration, 80 (1): 103-124​

Professional Journals

Williams, P.M. and Sullivan, H. (2011) "Do collaborations measure up", Public Servant.

Williams, P.M. and Sullivan, H. (2010) "Learning and development – it has to be a joint venture", Public Servant, August, p.28-29

Williams, P.M. and Sullivan, H. (2010) "Designs on good collaboration", Public Servant, September, p.49

Williams, P.M. and Sullivan, H. (2010) "Working in Collaboration: Transformation or Torture?" Catalyst, Issue 19, Summer, pp. 6-7

Williams, P.M. and Sullivan, H. (2010) "We are all boundary spanners now", Public Servant, April

Williams, P.M. (2010) "Collaboration: It's the name of the Game", Public Servant, March, pp. 22-23​​

Williams, P.M. (2010) "Leadership in a Cold Climate", Bevan Foundation Review, Issue 14, spring, pp. 18-19


Books

Williams, P. M. (2012) Collaboration in Policy and Practice: Perspectives on Boundary Spanners, Bristol: Policy Press


Book Chapters

Williams, P M. (2011) “The CompetentBoundary Spanner: Afterword: Brin​ging Back Agents​, in Rhodes, R. (ed) Public ​Administration: 25 Years of Analysis and Debate, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell


Other Scholarly Output

Getting Collaboration to Work in Wales: Lessons from the NHS and Partners, Cardiff: NLIAH

External Links

Associate Editor of the International Journal of Integrated Care

Reviewer for a number of academic journals including Housing Studies, Policy and Politics, Public Administration, Local Government Studies, Public Management Review, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, International Journal of Business Reviews, Public Policy and Administration, Journal of Integrated Care, Health Policy, International Journal of Integrated Care and the British Academy of Management.

Member of the ESRC Peer Review College

Academic advisor to the Welsh Local Government Association Data Unit