skip navigation

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

  NCJ Number: NCJ 219562     Find in a Library
  Title: "Good to Great" Policing: Application of Business Management Principles in the Public Sector
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): Chuck Wexler ; Mary Ann Wycoff ; Craig Fischer
  Corporate Author: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
United States of America
  Date Published: 06/2007
  Page Count: 66
  Annotation: This report summarizes the key principles identified in Collins' book, Good to Great (GTG), giving business executives advice on how to push their companies to greatness, evaluates their relevance for policing as perceived by officials at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) conference, and offers experiences and insights on issues identified in this book.
  Abstract: The seven qualities, concepts, practices and principles in the book include: (1) self-humbling level 5 leaders (highest level of executive capabilities); (2) getting the right people on the bus (assembly of teams first, then proceeding with what direction to go in); (3) confront the brutal facts of current realities; (4) the Hedgehog Concept (based on Greek parable about the fox, which knows many things, and the hedgehog which knows one big thing); (5) a culture of discipline (employees show extreme diligence and intensity); (6) technology accelerators; and (7) the flywheel (where it takes time and the combined efforts of many people making many decisions and doing many things to achieve success) and the doom loop (the chronic restructuring without disciplined thought and inconsistency). Each principle stated above is explored in its application and utility to policing. In the world of policing, some of the Collins’ principles may be particularly important. In policing, greatness is not merely about finding a few great individuals for top management positions, but also creating great systems for overcoming obstacles and establishing a strong self-disciplined culture within the organization that will continue long after the retirees are replaced. In his book Good to Great (GTG), Jim Collins gives business executives advice about how to push their companies from the “merely good” to the world of greatness. The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) introduced Collins’ book to the Forum in 2004 and explored the applicability for policing of the GTG concepts. Appendix
  Main Term(s): Police management
  Index Term(s): Police effectiveness ; Leadership ; Police personnel ; Role perception ; Work attitudes ; Police management training
  Sponsoring Agency: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2004-HS-WX-0003
  Publication Number: ISBN: 978-1-934485-02-6
  Sale Source: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
Two Constitutional Square
145 N Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20530
United States of America
  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.