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Blue Ocean Thinking – Creating Innovative Public Policy

Blue Ocean Thinking – Creating Innovative Public Policy

Instead of companies competing in established markets (“red oceans”), companies should create markets (“blue ocean”). Red oceans summon up images of companies fiercely competing with each for market dominance.…

Pro- and Anti-Development Groups Agree, Houston’s Style of Development is Stupid

Pro- and Anti-Development Groups Agree, Houston’s Style of Development is Stupid

Along with the aftermath brought on by hurricanes and floods, as well as other natural disasters, comes arguments about the environment and human responsibility for the changing climate and criticisms…

Workplace Incivility as a Research Issue

Workplace Incivility as a Research Issue

Workplace incivility is an issue worthy of further research in public administration because incivility can potentially affect the productivity of every government and contract worker.…

Accounting for Social Issues… And How Public Administration Saves the Day (and the Agency)

Accounting for Social Issues… And How Public Administration Saves the Day (and the Agency)

Agency accounting is essential to the social movement and its most problematic. As the executive director of a social service agency, the altruistic—teacher, social worker, counselor—wants to “save the world.”…

How to Foster Innovation in Government Management Systems

How to Foster Innovation in Government Management Systems

Arguably, innovation is a key determinant of the competitive advantage of nations. Little wonder therefore that governments around the world want to be seen promoting innovation.…

Supervision – A Key Driver of Employee Engagement in Local Government

Supervision – A Key Driver of Employee Engagement in Local Government

Organizations at all levels, but especially in local government, need to focus on what employees have identified as a key driver of their engagement—supervision—by helping supervisors be good leaders.…

Diversity and Military Service: Past Concerns, the Present Situation and What History Tells Us

Diversity and Military Service: Past Concerns, the Present Situation and What History Tells Us

The United States military is a formidable power that has defended this nation since its inception. It remains a force to be revered even as America faces complex threats to…

Empowerment: A Requirement for Success

Empowerment: A Requirement for Success

This is the final of four columns about a simple, but powerful, formula: Success = (Competence + Motivation)*Empowerment. Empowerment, as I’ve defined it for the formula, is the total of…

Let’s Consider the Future Role of Public Agency Caseworkers in Connecting Americans to Health Benefits

Let’s Consider the Future Role of Public Agency Caseworkers in Connecting Americans to Health Benefits

It is time to discuss the roles state and local eligibility caseworkers play in conveying health benefits to Americans. Over the past two decades, public agency caseworkers' roles have narrowed…

A New Administrative Paradigm to Meet the Challenges of Post Modern America?

A New Administrative Paradigm to Meet the Challenges of Post Modern America?

Typically, when we consider societal movement from one epoch to another, we view the transition in positive terms, believing each new era represents progress in the human condition. However, movement…

State Tax Policy: All About That Base

State Tax Policy: All About That Base

Politicians and pundits across the political spectrum have expressed support for broadening the tax base to promote fairness and efficiency while keeping tax rates low. Nevertheless, broadening the tax base…

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