Academic podcasts

This blog post was stimulated by a discussion I had recently on Twitter and LinkedIn about academic podcasts. For some time now I’ve been a big fan of the Academics of PA podcast. This is a podcast hosted by Bruce McDonald (North Carolina State University), Josie Schafer (University of Nebraska Omaha) and Will Hatcher (AugustaContinue reading “Academic podcasts”

Interview with Steven McCabe, Master of Public Administration (MPA) student.

This post first appeared on the QMU website: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/student-stories/steven-mccabe-master-of-public-adminstration-20180518/ I was looking for a course that would build on my previous qualifications and work experience, as well as increase my understanding of the issues facing public sector professionals and how to best overcome these and deliver high quality public services. This was part of myContinue reading “Interview with Steven McCabe, Master of Public Administration (MPA) student.”

Innovation

Recently I met someone with the word innovation in their job title. This struck me as quite interesting. I wondered, how innovative do they need to be in their job? Do they do all the innovation in their workplace or are others explicitly involved? Now I don’t want to question the work of this particularContinue reading “Innovation”

Guest Post – Public Sector Bonuses

I am taking some annual leave in August and so am delighted to have my first guest post! This post comes from Professor Eddie Frizzell, Visiting Professor in Public Service Management at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. —————————————————————————————————- Public Sector Bonuses – gone forever? Bonuses for public servants are a hot issue ā€“ so hot thatContinue reading “Guest Post – Public Sector Bonuses”

What are Public ‘Services’

In a previous post I highlighted some of the challenges that are inherent in managing public services due to the nature of being ‘public’. However, there are also challenges that come with managing a ‘service’. These challenges apply across private and public services, and whether delivered by public, private or Third sectors. These issues areContinue reading “What are Public ‘Services’”

What are ‘Public’ Services

Public service organisations are highly complex for many reasons. As such it is important that any education or training for public service workers is tailored to the public service context. One particular aspect of this complexity is the nature of the ‘public’ who they serve. I was (along with others) really sorry when the excellentContinue reading “What are ‘Public’ Services”

What is Public Governance?

NB: This was originally posted in 2012. As of September 2018 I no longer work at Queen Margaret University. As such some of the links on the below post may no longer work. For information about my current post please go to the about me section of this website. Focus and purpose Queen Margaret UniversityContinue reading “What is Public Governance?”