Annual Conference

PMRC 2018

The overall conference theme is Public Management in the 21st Century. Trends, Challenges, Competencies. In an operating environment characterized by vulnerability, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity – a VUCA world – public managers will face a variety of new challenges, including managing diffuse stakeholder networks, authority turbulence and populism, and multi-sector service delivery chains.

These 21st century managerial demands require a combination of classical, recurrent, and new competencies and skills. The academic public management community will shape and have to respond to this dynamic environment with interdisciplinary, comparative, and innovative research that ventures into new avenues and questions.

In choosing this theme, we aim to bring together scholars from developed, developing and transitioning economies to reflect on big ideas in public management and to look at the prospects of the field, with particular focus on the role of the public manager in a rapidly changing environment.

We welcome submissions on a variety of themes including performance management, co-production, collaborative governance, leadership development and strategic HRM, public service delivery, public-private partnerships, capacity building, decentralization and federalism, values, ethics and accountability, good governance, Eastern and Western models of public administration, and multi-level governance, among others.

Public Management Research Conference 2018 will take place at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (NUS), in Singapore, from Thursday 31 May to Saturday 2 June 2018.

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