International Public Management Network (IPMN)

Welcome Message from Clay Wescott PDF Print E-mail

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Dear Visitor,

On behalf of the International Public Management Network I would like to personally welcome you to our website.

IPMN is a non-profit network started in 1996 by a small group of public management scholars from different countries who firmly believed in the necessity of promoting public management debate among academics and practitioners following an international and interdisciplinary approach.

To achieve this important aim we decided to avoid a traditional bureaucratic organization and rather created an international internet-based network which is open to any valuable contribution and is completely free.

Since then the IMPN has grown progressively; there are now IPMN members on every continent and IPMN has gained, by means of its intense and varied activities, a leading role in the global debate on public management reforms.

By exploring our website you will discover that we manage two Journals (a traditional Journal, IPMJ and an online-only journal with free access, IPMR), we organize conferences and workshops, we acknowledge prizes, and we have a very active list server.

I am confident you will find, as many have, the IPMN website’s sections full of interesting information and resources for your research and/or professional public management practice.

In 2014 I proudly became the new President of IPMN. Like my predecessors, I will do my best to develop IPMN knowing that I can count on the help and enthusiasm of our core group of IPMN members and of all those like yourself who are interested in public management.

I look forward to seeing you as a new IPMN member.

Dr. Clay Wescott

President of IPMN

2016 IPMN Conference: Call for papers PDF Print E-mail

The International Public Management Network invites you to plan your paper submission for its

20th Anniversary Conference

"The Transformation of Public Management as a Field of Academic Study and Practical Reform"

June 1-3, 2016 at St. Gallen University, Switzerland


Twenty years ago the field of public management, obsessed with trend spotting and public affairs, was remarkably parochial. Every country had its own PA and there was very little confidence that countries had much to learn from each other. Very little cross-border scholarly interchange occurred.

The International Public Management Network, founded in 1996, grew out of the need for an intensified exchange among scholars and practitioners across disciplines and cultures. Improving public administration and management was its goal and learning from the world-wide public management community was its aspiration.

As an academic field of study, public administration and management has undergone a sea change. It has become more empirical, more rigorous, and far more international. It has also become much more focused on organizations and human resource management and on governance: procurement/acquisitions management, regulatory design and implementation, in addition to budgeting, accounting, and financial management, the disciplines that were at the crux of the New Public Management. In many countries, it has become an independent discipline, emancipated from political science or general management, to a degree that wouldn't have seemed possible only 20 years ago.

As a field of practical reform, public administration has gained a full-fledged new rhetoric consisting of managerial concepts, vocabulary, and semantics, layered atop the stable bureaucratic foundation of government. It engages in ever more sophisticated private-public-sector collaborative arrangements, and it has created new problems thereby. Most government agencies and bureaus must deal with a growing diversity in their environments, albeit with more or less enthusiasm. Not least, they have responded to ongoing institutional change in a myriad of different ways.

The 20 Year Anniversary Conference of the IPMN invites participants to reflect on the field of public administration and management. Where have we been? What progress have we made? Have we accomplished what we set out to do? What challenges remain? Have we closed the academic/practice gap, rendered the field ever more relevant? What guidance do we give new scholars who want to join us in charting a path toward the future?

Possible topics may include:

   Reviews of theoretical approaches developed for Public Administration and Management that are promising for the next 20 years.
   Research and practice in administrative reform: How to make public management research theoretically innovative and practically relevant?
   Global trends in public administration and management: Where are we going?
   New resources for public administration and management: Which opportunities and threats are they offering?
   Same old stories: Corruption, inefficiencies, abuses still the same or better now?
   Public administration and management as organization studies, as management studies, as behavioural studies



Submission paper proposals: 31 December 2016

Board decision: 31 January 2016

Final paper: 30 April 2016



Instructions for authors



Paper proposals shall have a length of approx. 1,000 words. Your proposal should include information on the following issues:

-        theoretical foundation of the paper

-        analytical framework and research question

-        method, empirical evidence, and expected results

-        expected contribution to the knowledge in theory and / or practice



The total length of your paper shall not exceed 9’000 words, incl. all references. Please follow the style guidelines of the International Public Management Journal.

However, in order to save paper space, please use 11-point typeface (preferably Times Roman font), single-spaced


Evaluation Criteria

Paper proposals will be evaluated by the conference committee according to the following criteria: 

-        relevance of results

-        theoretical contribution

-        conclusiveness of the analytical framework



Authors may assume that their papers will have been read. Each accepted paper will get a written review by the conference committee or a discussant.

Please note that the on-time delivery of the full paper is a strict requirement for inclusion into the final program!


Conference Hosts

Kuno Schedler: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Clay Wescott (President IPMN)

Labinot Demaj: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Conference Committee

Isabella Proeller (Pres.):  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it               Germany

Eva Kova’cs: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                                     Hungary

Brandi Blesset: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                         USA

HE Jingwei Alex : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                                       Hong Kong, China

James Guthrie: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                      Australia

Arianne Wessal: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                  Mexico










Book from the IPMN Rotterdam conference is out PDF Print E-mail

The new book from the IPMN 2010 conference in Rotterdam is published. The book is edited by Steven Van de Walle and Sandra Groeneveld. It is available through our IPMN Bookstore at Amazon.

IPMN Classroom PDF Print E-mail

Dear IPMN Colleagues

Many of you may have the wish to enrich your teaching with some elements other than yourself lecturing. Or you may want to learn more about concepts, without having to read a lot. My university has started a new initiative to have professors explain some of their key research topics on
a video of not more than 10 minutes. Mine is on "multi-rational management".

This gave me the idea that others might have similar videos, and that we could collect them for use by IPMN members. I found one with Christopher Hood, for example. We thought this would be a good idea, so we have started

IPMN Classroom

To see it, go to:

If you have a video of yourself explaining a key concept, maybe similar to the videos that are already in the classroom, let us know. They must be in Youtube, so we can set a link, and they must not be longer than 10 minute.

JUST HAVE A LOOK! I hope you like the idea.

Best wishes