Working Group VI: Public Sector Governance, Leadership and Management

Working Group VI’s core thematic area is leadership and governance. The group also maintains its interest in public management and its subfields. The importance of these topics is obvious. The complexity of the current political, economic and cultural changes along with advancement in technology requires a significant amount of planning and bold leadership within the public sector. Governance has implications that extend beyond the institutional arrangements that are the focus of policy and program design. Even as governmental ministries, departments, agencies and personnel are called to adapt and perform in more and more complex environment, their core functions such as managing people, financial resources, and information continue to evolve and develop.

With particular interest in comparative analyses and those employing methodological diversity, we invite papers and proposals that focus upon this specific research question for 2018 year:

How globalization impacts public leaderships, public governance and public management?

Other possible research question to be responded by proposed papers are as follows:

A:      Leadership:

  • What type of leader do we need in the 21st century?
  • What are the alternatives to the current leadership approaches?
  • What are the challenges that public sector women leaders still face?
  • Is leadership only confined to political privileged or should the society take a stronger leadership position towards?
  • Is the next generation of public servants ready for taking bold leadership decisions, making innovative suggestions and become the leaders that we need?

B:      Governance:

  • When governments and governmental agencies work to solve challenging social problems or provide essential public services, how does “governance” determine the outcomes and final success? How will success or failure be evaluated?
  • How will actors and agencies be held accountable for their performance?

C:      Public management

  • How do existing administrative and management systems and processes contribute to effective governance?
  • What are the best practices for public management areas that transcends local or specific contexts?

The WG coordinators will accept only abstract with clearly indicated research question/s, defined methodology and indicated main outputs. Final papers need to include a section, providing for its significance and value added to the discipline.

Download the Call for papers



Prof. dr. Liezel Lues

University of the Free State, South Africa

Dr. Yingchun Sun

Chinese Academy of Governance, China

Project Director

Prof. dr. Juraj Nemec

Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic


15 February 2018: Abstract submission deadline
28 February 2018: Authors’ notification
1 June 2018: Final paper submission deadline
1 June 2018: Deadline for registration and payment

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