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Call for Papers


Second International Conference on

Government Performance Management and Leadership

2011 THEME: Innovations Toward Sustainable Solutions


Mark O. Hatfield School of Government
Portland State University
Portland, Oregon, USA
October 1-2, 2011


  • Portland State University Mark O. Hatfield School of Government (USA)
  • Lanzhou University School of Management (China)
  • Waseda University Okuma School of Public Management, Public Service Research Institute (Japan)
  • Ho Chi Minh National Academy for Politics and Public Administration (Vietnam)
  • Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration, Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network (USA)


  • Oregon Public Performance Measurement Association


The main goal of this international conference is to convene leading scholars and practitioners to consider existing and future innovations in public sector performance management, leadership and governance. Public and nonprofit leaders across the globe are facing a morally confounding array of pressures: “managing and measuring for results,” “meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs and aspirations of future generations,” “managing more with less,” “being customer-driven,” etc. These pressures have already resulted in major new initiatives, some of which include the creation of new performance measurement and evaluation systems. Other new initiatives include the development of new governance processes and structures as well as new modes of leadership

In addition to submissions from academic scholars, practitioners, and students that explore these issues in local, national, and international contexts, especially welcome will be submissions that illuminate some long-standing themes important to conference sponsors. These include:

  • Conceptual and working models of “Performance Management” that go beyond measurement and operational issues, and which speak to broader concepts of accountability, civic engagement, government legitimacy, and trust;
  • Research and scholarship around initiatives that integrate “management” and “leadership” innovations, rather than viewing the two concepts as inherently separate or even dichotomous;
  • Innovations grounded in and/or which promote sustainable development objectives across economic, environmental, and social dimensions

In addition to specific topics relating to one or more dimensions of sustainable development, conference sponsors are also looking for content that speaks to ensuring the sustainability of performance management and leadership strategies themselves. Other approaches and questions of interest include the following:

  1. Evaluation of Current State of the Art. How well do existing performance management and leadership practices contribute to sustainable objectives? What are some of the major limitations of such practices to making progress in this arena?
  2. New Innovations. What emerging new performance management, governance structures and processes, and leadership tools hold significant promise, and/or have shown demonstrated success?
  3. Major Challenges. What are the major challenges and obstacles to the effective use of existing and new performance management and leadership practices? How do such issues as data gaps, jurisdictional complexities, and public awareness pose challenges to effective performance management? What lessons have we learned about overcoming such challenges?
  4. Global Context. In an increasingly global and inter-connected context, what are the key lessons for how performance management and leadership continue to evolve and best meet sustainable development objectives?


Submissions may be for any of the following: individual papers or panel organizer, poster presenter or organizer, workshop presenter or organizer.

PANEL: A maximum of four papers and/or presentations will be scheduled for each panel, which also includes a moderator (if presenting) and an optional discussant. The conference committee will seek to distribute panels equally throughout the time slots. Panel sessions will be determined after receiving individual paper proposals and suggestions from those who volunteer to be a panel organizer.

POSTER SESSION: A poster session provides an interactive opportunity for presenters to share their work. The author stands by the poster he/she has prepared while attendees walk around the session to ask questions and engage in conversation about the work. Poster presenters are encouraged to include graphics to describe text and make the poster more aesthetic.

WORKSHOP: A Workshop provides an interactive opportunity for participants to discuss their work, the lessons learned, the challenges and opportunities for collaborative future research and the implications for the improvement of administrative practices.

All presentations should be those that have not yet been published in any academic or professional journal.

Abstract deadline: April 30, 2011

  • For individual paper proposal please submit an abstract with 500 words or less.
  • For panel proposal please submit description of panel theme (300 words or less) accompanied by abstract of each presentation (500 words or less).
  • Please include presenters’ 1) name, 2) title or position, 3) name of affiliated organization, 4) address, 5) e-mail address.
  • For panel proposal please identify the key contact person.
  • Please contact for any questions or go to for more information.

Notification of accepted proposals: May 31, 2011

Draft paper deadline: August 15, 2011 (10,000 words limit; Applicable only for individual panelpresentation)

Workshop material for distribution deadline: September 15, 2011

Poster set-up: October 1, 2011

Conference Presentations: October 1-2, 2011

Submission of Abstracts to:

With permission of the authors, conference organizers may choose to publish a compilation of papers from this conference.


Hilton Portland

921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon, United States 97204

Tel: 1-503-226-1611                  Fax:  1-503-220-2565


The full conference registration fee: $150.


Questions about submissions can be directed to:

Dr. Bruce Gilley, Assistant Professor, Portland State University:

Questions about conference planning can be directed to:

Phil Keisling, Director, Center for Public Services, Portland State University: