ESADE’s Executive Master in Public Administration (EMPA), the best in Europe

12/11/2019 |   Editorial office

According to the Eduniversal ranking 2019, which also gives top places to other benchmark schools in this field such as CBS, SDA Bocconi, Erasmus University, Sciences Po and LSE.

Political Astuteness: A Necessary Requirement for Leaders Wishing to Create Public Value

12/11/2019 |   Jean Hartley, Alessandro Sancino, Mark Bennister & Sandra L. Resodihardjo

Taking Dimensions of Purpose-Oriented Networks Seriously

12/11/2019 |   Editorial office

Michael Ignatieff, at Esade: “Universities are on the front lines of globalisation”

12/11/2019 |   Editorial office


Public Management: Designing a Professional Discipline about Public Organizations

12/11/2019 |   Michael Barzelay

More than 20 years ago, Professor Lawrence Lynn published a deeply thoughtful, historically informed, and provocative book entitled Public Management as Art, Science, and Profession (Lynn 1996).  In it, Lynn traced the intellectual and institutional origins of public management as both a scholarly literature and pedagogy in U.S. public policy schools. He demystified – and debunked -- Harvard’s then recently-crafted tradition of professional education for management in government, which he had known as a professor there in the early 1980s.  In a chapter about organizational transformation at a U.S. Air Force base, Lynn illustrated how the design of managerial leadership interventions can be rediscovered through theory-guided case study analysis. And he called for public management, like public administration more broadly, to portray itself as a profession and to follow suit in structuring curricula for public policy schools.

The Politics of Public-Private Partnerships: Establishing a Research Agenda

12/11/2019 |   Anthony M. Bertelli & Eleanor F. Woodhouse

Public-private partnerships (PPPs), which collect the financing, construction and operation of assets into a long-term contractual arrangement, are an appealing way for governments facing strict budget constraints to deliver public infrastructure. Since the 2008 financial crisis such agreements between government and the private sector have become increasingly popular for both developed and developing countries as fiscal constraints have tightened (World Bank, 2016).

Collaboration for the Common Future? Integrative Public Leadership in Local Governance Practice

12/11/2019 |   Tie Cui & Stephen Osborne

Besides routine tasks of public service, today’s public managers are confronted by an increasing number of major public issues, such as climate change and refugee crises, which would chronically threaten the survival and development of human society in the future. Addressing these issues requires longstanding cross-sector collaboration and governance. Yet there is still a lack of knowledge about how this type of collaboration, as we term it, ‘collaboration for the common future’, could be enacted.

The Research–Practice Gap on Accounting in the Public Services: An International Analysis

12/11/2019 |   Laurence Ferry, Iris Saliterer, Ileana Steccolini & Basil Tucker

A significant challenge for academia is to be, and be seen to be, relevant to practice, and for practice to draw on robust, rigorous, and trustworthy research findings. All too often, the worlds of academia and practice exist separately. This undermines the potential contributions that each area of activity can make to the other. The situation has become particularly evident in accounting research, where academics and their research are often seen as detached and isolated from what is happening in the so called ‘real’ world outside of the ivory towers of universities. As a consequence, the practical as well as societal relevance of research has been questioned.

Swiss Public Administration: Making the State Work Successfully

12/11/2019 |   Andreas Ladner, Nils Soguel, Yves Emery, Sophie Weerts & Stéphane Nahrath

Switzerland is not only economically a very successful country, but it is also doing rather well as far as its civil service and its political institutions are concerned. Swiss citizens approve of their government and the way democracy is practiced. They trust their authorities, and are satisfied with the services Swiss governments provide. This seems to be quite a contrast to many other countries which find it increasingly difficult to form stable governments and witness growing disenchantment with politics among their citizens, face increasing complaints about a too rigid and not very effective and efficient bureaucracy, and encounter political and administrative difficulties in finding solutions for the pending policy challenges.

What Really Drives Public Sector Innovation?

12/11/2019 |   Zeger van der Wal & Mehmet Akif Demircioglu

Public sector innovation is a hot topic. Nearly every government is producing innovation frameworks, visions, and plans; politicians and public managers alike want to be seen to be ‘innovative’. In many cases, innovative public organizations are portrayed as the opposite of traditional bureaucracies. While such bureaucracies constrain reform potential, display inertia and rigidity, and provide incentives for maintaining the status quo, innovative public organizations, in contrast, are presented as a panacea for the perceived inability of public agencies and leaders to address the twenty-first century’s major policy challenges. 

Democratic Governance in Scandinavia: Developments and Challenges for the Regulatory State

12/11/2019 |   Noralv Veggeland

Regulatory impact analysis has captured the attention of many political scientists due to its potential to enhance the accountability and transparency of regulatory governance. Regulatory governance in the EU embraces legal acts such as directives, regulations and decisions. EU member states have formally adopted that there is a need for the analysis of institutional, political and administrative impacts on the democratic order.


Francisco Longo Delivers the Inaugural Address at the CLAD 2019 Congress

12/11/2019 |   Editorial office

With the title “Innovation and Governance”, the Director of ESADEgov opened the lectures.

Medtronic and ESADEgov’s Institute for Healthcare Management, United for Excellence in Hospital Management

12/11/2019 |   Editorial office

This partnership has made it possible to create the program “Excellence in hospital management: Toward value in healthcare”.

Presentation of the “Second Report on the Contribution of Spanish Companies to the SDGs”

12/11/2019 |   Editorial office

Compiled by the SDG Observatory, with Àngel Pes, Ferran Curtó, Dulcinea Meijide, David Comellas, Silvia Agulló and Àngel Castiñeira. Contributed to the report: Àngel Castiñeira, Ferran Curtó, Eloi Gummà, Isa Nadal, Enrique Ortega, Alba Rovira, Liliana Arroyo, Eva Jané and Mònica Reig.

“The Future of Northern Cauca and Buenaventura”

12/11/2019 |   Editorial office

Institutional visit to Esade by the Institute of Intercultural Studies of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Cali.

Public-sector workplaces and innovation

12/11/2019 |   Editorial office

ESADE Alumni Public Management Club held this session at the new Administration District of the Generalitat of Catalonia.


Private Military and Security Companies in Public Arenas

12/11/2019 |   Raymond Saner, Amaka Uchegbu & Lichia Yiu

Over the last 20 years, proliferation can be observed of non-state actors in important areas of international relations, including trade, communication, finance, and security (Saner and Yiu, 2003). This blurring of public-private boundaries has made it harder to ensure that international humanitarian conventions and laws, such as the Geneva conventions, the conventions on the protection of refugees, and human rights laws, are respected and implemented by the signatory governments (Saner, 2015).


Too Big to Fail? The Dynamics of EU Influence and Fiscal Consolidation in Italy and Spain (2008–2016)

12/11/2019 |   Editorial office

By Diego Badell, Fabrizio Di Mascio, Alessandro Natalini, Edoardo Ongaro, Francesco Stolfi & Tamyko Ysa.

Prioritizing Measures for Consolidating Shared Decision-making in the Services Rendered by the Spanish National Health System

12/11/2019 |   Editorial office

By Anna García-Altés, Manel Peiró & Joan Josep Artells.

Key Aspects of Building Retrofitting: Strategizing Sustainable Cities

12/11/2019 |   Editorial office

By Francesc Pardo-Bosch, Carles Cervera & Tamyko Ysa.

Holistic Model to Analyze and Prioritize Urban Sustainable Buildings for Public Services

12/11/2019 |   Editorial office

By Francesc Pardo-Bosch, Antonio Aguado & Marçal Pino.


Management as a Practice

20/06/2005 |   Henry Mintzberg

The practice of management is characterized by its ambiguity. [...] That leaves the managers mostly with the messy stuff, the intractable problems, the complicated connections. [...] Here is how successful manager at a major airline described her MBA husband to me: "He has the technique, thinks he knows best. But he is frustrated because he doesn't understand the complexities and the politics. He thinks he has the answers but is frustrated by being unable to do anything about it". He never learned management in the business school.


Links to other interesting international bulletins

08/04/2019 |   Editorial Office


Welcome to PUBLIC !

01/12/2018 |   Koldo Echebarría

I am delighted to present the e-bulletin published by ESADE's Center for Public Governance. This newsletter will create a forum for ideas, dissemination, training, and debate with regard to public management.

Welcome to the ESADE Center for Public Governance (ESADEgov) !

03/09/2018 |   Mònica Reig

The ESADE Center for Public Governance consists of a group of experts in government and public sector organisations. Created in 1993, the IGDP has served to consolidate the experience already accumulated by ESADE since the 1980s when it began its initial endeavours in the public management field. Since then, more than 2,000 public leaders and managers have participated in the numerous activities organised, and the extensive research, books, conferences, scientific articles, case studies and other material published attest to ESADEgov members' academic activity.

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01/12/2019 |   Editorial Office

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