The International Public Management Network invites you to plan your paper submission for its
20th Anniversary Conference
"The Transformation of Public Management as a Field of Academic Study and Practical Reform"
June 1-3, 2016 at St. Gallen University, Switzerland
Twenty years ago the field of public management, obsessed with trend spotting and public affairs, was remarkably parochial. Every country had its own PA and there was very little confidence that countries had much to learn from each other. Very little cross-border scholarly interchange occurred.
The International Public Management Network, founded in 1996, grew out of the need for an intensified exchange among scholars and practitioners across disciplines and cultures. Improving public administration and management was its goal and learning from the world-wide public management community was its aspiration.
As an academic field of study, public administration and management has undergone a sea change. It has become more empirical, more rigorous, and far more international. It has also become much more focused on organizations and human resource management and on governance: procurement/acquisitions management, regulatory design and implementation, in addition to budgeting, accounting, and financial management, the disciplines that were at the crux of the New Public Management. In many countries, it has become an independent discipline, emancipated from political science or general management, to a degree that wouldn't have seemed possible only 20 years ago.
As a field of practical reform, public administration has gained a full-fledged new rhetoric consisting of managerial concepts, vocabulary, and semantics, layered atop the stable bureaucratic foundation of government. It engages in ever more sophisticated private-public-sector collaborative arrangements, and it has created new problems thereby. Most government agencies and bureaus must deal with a growing diversity in their environments, albeit with more or less enthusiasm. Not least, they have responded to ongoing institutional change in a myriad of different ways.
The 20 Year Anniversary Conference of the IPMN invites participants to reflect on the field of public administration and management. Where have we been? What progress have we made? Have we accomplished what we set out to do? What challenges remain? Have we closed the academic/practice gap, rendered the field ever more relevant? What guidance do we give new scholars who want to join us in charting a path toward the future?
Possible topics may include:
• Reviews of theoretical approaches developed for Public Administration and Management that are promising for the next 20 years.
• Research and practice in administrative reform: How to make public management research theoretically innovative and practically relevant?
• Global trends in public administration and management: Where are we going?
• New resources for public administration and management: Which opportunities and threats are they offering?
• Same old stories: Corruption, inefficiencies, abuses still the same or better now?
• Public administration and management as organization studies, as management studies, as behavioural studies
Submission paper proposals: 31 December 2015
Board decision: 31 January 2016
Final paper: 30 April 2016
Instructions for authors
Paper proposals shall have a length of approx. 1,000 words. Your proposal should include information on the following issues:
- theoretical foundation of the paper
- analytical framework and research question
- method, empirical evidence, and expected results
- expected contribution to the knowledge in theory and / or practice
The total length of your paper shall not exceed 9’000 words, incl. all references. Please follow the style guidelines of the International Public Management Journal.
However, in order to save paper space, please use 11-point typeface (preferably Times Roman font), single-spaced
Paper proposals will be evaluated by the conference committee according to the following criteria:
- relevance of results
- theoretical contribution
- conclusiveness of the analytical framework
Authors may assume that their papers will have been read. Each accepted paper will get a written review by the conference committee or a discussant.
Please note that the on-time delivery of the full paper is a strict requirement for inclusion into the final program!
Clay Wescott (President IPMN)
Isabella Proeller (Pres.):
HE Jingwei Alex :
Hong Kong, China