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The Combat against COVID-19 in Portugal: How State Measures and Data Availability Reinforce Some Organizational Values and Contribute to the Sustainability of the National Health System
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The Combat against COVID-19 in Portugal, Part II: How Governance Reinforces Some Organizational Values and Contributes to the Sustainability of Crisis Management

Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon, 1300 Lisbon, Portugal
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Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8715; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208715
Received: 21 September 2020 / Revised: 12 October 2020 / Accepted: 18 October 2020 / Published: 21 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in Organizational Values and Public Administration)
The new coronavirus caught governments all over the world completely unaware, which led to a set of different and sometimes not quite articulated responses, leading to some undesirable results. The present investigation is based on three objectives: to assess the conditions “before” and “during” the combat and the expected consequences “after” the outbreak, by having as reference the Portuguese case; to offer a framework of the input factors to crisis management in the pandemic context; and to contribute to the crisis management literature, in the public sector from a perspective of collaborative and multi-level governance. This research is inductive and follows a quantitative approach, with the proposal and testing of a crisis management COVID-19 structural model. The Portuguese case presented in this paper suggests a robust and valid crisis management model. This model may be well translated for other countries with cultural proximity to the Portuguese culture, for instance, Portuguese speaking countries such as Brazil, or geographical proximity to Portugal such as, for instance, Spain. The authors, nevertheless, advise readers to exert some restraint on the extrapolation of the results, as governance systems and traditions can vary a good deal from country to country. Future studies should focus on the importance of coordination as one of the most important areas in crisis management, narrowing the scope of analysis from the broad, macro understanding of the research problem presented on this paper. View Full-Text
Keywords: collaborative governance; managing change; crisis management; strategic planning collaborative governance; managing change; crisis management; strategic planning
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Correia, P.M.A.R.; Mendes, I.d.O.; Pereira, S.P.M.; Subtil, I. The Combat against COVID-19 in Portugal, Part II: How Governance Reinforces Some Organizational Values and Contributes to the Sustainability of Crisis Management . Sustainability 2020, 12, 8715. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208715

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Correia PMAR, Mendes IdO, Pereira SPM, Subtil I. The Combat against COVID-19 in Portugal, Part II: How Governance Reinforces Some Organizational Values and Contributes to the Sustainability of Crisis Management . Sustainability. 2020; 12(20):8715. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208715

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Correia, Pedro M.A.R., Ireneu d.O. Mendes, Sandra P.M. Pereira, and Inês Subtil. 2020. "The Combat against COVID-19 in Portugal, Part II: How Governance Reinforces Some Organizational Values and Contributes to the Sustainability of Crisis Management " Sustainability 12, no. 20: 8715. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208715

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