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:
- 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?
- New Innovations. What emerging new performance management, governance structures and processes, and leadership tools hold significant promise, and/or have shown demonstrated success?
- 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?
- 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?
For more information, please visit the conference website: http://www.lanzhou-hatfield.pdx.edu/2011-conference.