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Comfort with Ambiguity: Why it Matters and Ways to Teach it

Recently my undergraduate Public Administration students completed their unit on leadership. I lecture on theory, the specifics of how to construct a work plan, the importance of culture, etc. But…

Overconfidence and Government Failure – Decision Traps in Public Service

Overconfidence and Government Failure – Decision Traps in Public Service

Overconfidence is common in many aspects of public service, from overly optimistic intelligence estimates and military campaigns, to tax cuts that fail to generate promised growth, to assumptions that we…

Bridging Research and Practice for Improved Policing

Bridging Research and Practice for Improved Policing

Modern police agencies are under increased pressure to respond to and get ahead of the ever-changing needs and demands of an increasingly complex society. Doing so means serving the public…

The Need to Incorporate Tribes into Public Administration Education

The Need to Incorporate Tribes into Public Administration Education

For the first time Congress will see Native American women, Sharice Davids (D-KS) and Deborah Harland (D-NM), representing their states in the US House of Representatives. Kevin Stitt (R-OK) will…

Improving Employee Engagement in State Government

Improving Employee Engagement in State Government

The state of Michigan recently released the results of its 2018 engagement survey of state employees. Michigan has conducted six surveys since 2012, as a key part of its long-term…

A Move Towards Cultural Humility in the Public Sector

A Move Towards Cultural Humility in the Public Sector

Public sector personnel must operate in an increasingly diverse and socially complex society. The rapid growth of multicultural, multi-lingual low-income children and families warrants a culturally responsive public sector. The…

Revisions to CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Could Hinder Developing Collaboration

Revisions to CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Could Hinder Developing Collaboration

In November 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) instituted an emergency preparedness rule (the rule) issuing specific preparedness requirements for which 17 different types of health care…

Wealth and Government

Wealth and Government

Conservatives and liberals both assert that the United States is a rich country, and that this is a good thing, even if they have trouble finding much to agree about.…

Public Administrators: Micro and Social Learning Modes a Two-Dimensional Approach for Employee Professional Development

Public Administrators: Micro and Social Learning Modes a Two-Dimensional Approach for Employee Professional Development

Professional development directors and managers in the public sector strive to provide their workforces with training so they acquire new skill sets and amplify existing ones. However, there is an…

We Need Less Power Distance in Egyptian Bureaucracies

We Need Less Power Distance in Egyptian Bureaucracies

Being an Egyptian who has worked and interacted intensively with government bodies, I can clearly attest to the fact that Egypt is one of the countries which is high in…

A Statesman’s Perspective: A “1984” Dystopian Warning Administrative Challenges

A Statesman’s Perspective: A “1984” Dystopian Warning Administrative Challenges

What ramifications exist in the social credit scoring algorithms that assign “worthiness” to be a productive citizen? Mirroring the financial sector to assess “risk” is not new and serves a…

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