In the news...

2014-07-07 12:27

COMPOSITE conference "Good Leaderships in Times of Change – Empirical Findings and Suggestions for Police Leaders" by Kate Horton

COMPOSITE's final conference on "Good Leaderships in Times of Change – Empirical Findings and Suggestions for Police Leaders" on 12 and 13 June 2014 in Rotterdam (the Netherlands)

Read more …

2014-07-03 13:45

"Police is regain control by using twitter and Co."

COMPOSITE researcher were interviewed about their research on "police & social media".

Read more …

COMPOSITE WP2 brochure on "Best Practices in European Policing"

2013-02-11 14:53

In this book, we present best practice case studies of successful improvement projects implemented by police organisations in nine European countries (Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Republic of Macedonia, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom). A key factor for selection of each of the cases for study and inclusion in this book was the level of recognition received from key external stakeholders and the level of benefit achieved for citizens. The best practice cases presented are diverse in terms of their relative sizes and scope and in the levels of complexity and resources involved.
The examination and documentation of each of the case studies is based on work completed as part of the COMPOSITE research project (see Data was collected through desk research of documents, reports and other available written materials and through follow up meetings and interviews with key individuals, who had been or are currently involved with the best practice project or operation, by the COMPOSITE consortium country research team members.
A case study approach is a common research method in social sciences and is the preferred research method for answering 'how' or 'why' questions (Yin, 2009[1]). It is frequently used for in-depth investigation of contemporary phenomena within a real-life context and is the suggested methodology for the study of strategy formation, decision making within organisations, resource allocation processes, and the management of organisational and strategic changes (Siggelkow, 2001[2]).
Within the analysis of the case studies, factors such as (a) resources and capabilities required to achieve the best practice, (b) the frequency, difficulty and cost involved in acquiring or transferring knowledge and capabilities from one organisation to another, (c) the enablers important to achieve success, (d) the barriers that created difficulties and (e) the levels of adoption and future development of each best practice are examined.
While the nine cases presented only represent a small number of the best practice achievements in policing, we believe they provide interesting and useful insights that are worth sharing across the police in different countries. We hope this book will be of interest to police officers across Europe as they address change issues and implement projects to improve performance and enhance citizens' lives.

[1]Yin, R. K. (2009).Case Study Research Design and Methods, Sage, London.
[2]Siggelkow, N. (2001) Change in the presence of fit: The rise, the fall and the renaissance of Liz Clairborne, Academy of Management Journal, 44 (4):838-857.

Go back