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Promoting Citizen Participation in Public Sector Reforms

Promoting Citizen Participation in Public Sector Reforms

Major comprehensive strategies to transform the public sector in Ethiopia, Haiti and Mozambique have considered stakeholders and civic participation. However, recent government administrative reforms show little evidence of community participation…

Turning to Emergency Management

Turning to Emergency Management

If you direct the resources of a public organization, you might someday be pivotal in the response to and recovery from emergencies or disasters. In my decade as an emergency…

When the Love Bug Bites! The HR Challenge

When the Love Bug Bites! The HR Challenge

Based upon the amount of time people spend at work, it is the place where people often meet their significant others. However, some encounters end up becoming unwelcome sexual advances,…

Social Equity Requires Smart Practice

Social equity is not only difficult to define but difficult to implement. For public managers it means fixing the lack of justice that many marginalized groups have experienced and alleviating…

Rookie Review: An Introduction

Rookie Review: An Introduction

Working as a corporate journalist, I found myself standing in steel-toed boots and neon safety gear in a rail yard last winter. A conversation with a railroad police officer about…

Three Concepts Governments Can Learn From Lean Startups

Three Concepts Governments Can Learn From Lean Startups

Eric Ries describes lean startup as using “validated learning” to iteratively arrive at a viable business model. Lean startup has led to a number of other concepts, such as lean…

Paradigm Shifts in Public Administration — Looking Into the Future

The paradigm shift from the modern to the postmodern age should not be envisioned as a linear progression from the industrial economy to the high-tech economy. There have been cyclical…

Why Management Would Be Good for Politicians

I have argued in previous columns that institutions of government lack, but desperately need, strong and capable management. I have also pointed out that the obstacles to meeting this need…

Core Marketing Functions for Economic Development

Core Marketing Functions for Economic Development

Dating back to the 1920s, private sector companies worked together to form economic development organizations. These organizations helped companies further their business development. Today, economic development organizations focus on three…

Leveraging Cross-sector Partnerships: Lessons From Texas

Leveraging Cross-sector Partnerships: Lessons From Texas

In 2001, the University of Texas School of Public Health in Brownsville began research to identify health risks in the community. Results showed that 80 percent of Brownsville residents were…

Health Is Everything – But Exactly What Is It?

Health Is Everything – But Exactly What Is It?

In this, my final column, I would like to examine the concept of health more closely. The definition of health suffers from the same problem as the definition of pornography.…