Idag försvarade Christine Große sin licentiatavhandling "Strategic Objectives in Complex Planning Environments: Insights from a Swedish Case for Critical Infrastructure Protection". Opponent var Prof. Henrik Tehler, Lunds universitet.
Christine Große har skrivit sin avhandling inom ramen för projektet Från myndighet till medborgare och tillbaka: En studie av samverkan och kommunikation inom ramen för Styrel.
Large scale and long-term planning imposes high requirements on governance efforts regardless of whether public or private organisations or both are involved. The proportions of such planning entangle many actors and stakeholders as system components within and around a complex system. These system components and conditions in a complex planning environment bring a variety and diversity of strategic objectives into the planning. This study seeks to investigate how strategic objectives can affect governance of complex planning systems, particularly in the context of national critical infrastructure protection. For this purpose, this investigation concentrates on a national planning procedure, STYREL, which is dedicated to the case of power shortages and that Sweden has implemented recently. Since this case involves various actors from the national, regional and local level who act on behalf of both public and private organisations in a planning process with four-year intervals, it constitutes a relevant subject for this study. During the course of the investigation, it collected evidence from documents and interviews. First, publicly available Swedish documents regarding the case provided an understanding about the planning. Second, interviews with decision-makers that are entrusted with this planning at municipalities and county administrative boards and with a few planners from power grid providers offered a deeper understanding of both the proceeding in practice and the strategic objectives involved in this complex system for planning of critical infrastructure protection. Particularly, the findings resulted in several conceptual models that demonstrate these understandings in more detail. A soft system model visualises the problem situation and contains several elements, such as the system components, interrelations and conditions. Moreover, a multi-level planning model specifies sources of uncertainty in the planning and decision-making process that are associated with an insufficient alignment of strategic objectives in the STYREL case. These decompositions of the Swedish planning environment, both horizontal and vertical, enabled this study further to find significant parameters of the systemic conditions of and the strategic objectives involved in such complex planning environments that challenge governance thereof. The evidence that this study obtained shows that the Swedish process cannot be seen as fully developed yet. In particular, the investigation indicates that a better alignment of strategic objectives is necessary to ensure a selection of adequate goals and means that advances the future usability of the produced plan, which in turn would legitimate and give strength to this complex planning process for critical infrastructure protection.