The Manager's Musings

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New Horizons

Current public management events do a good job of increasing awareness of high-level policy issues, promoting an informed view on a variety of emerging trends. Beginning in 2008, The Public Manager plans to augment and complement what's already out there by offering a program of seminars, workshops, and forums and an annual conference in collaboration with experienced partners sharing similar values. These events will aim for diverse, audience-driven content and allow sufficient time for audience and "expert" give and take. Just as the quarterly journal includes articles contributed by public managers who have implemented innovative approaches, these discussion events will emphasize best-practice techniques and case illustrations presented by practitioners and applied academics. Moreover, we'll publish proceedings and foster a continued dialogue through The Public Manager (both hard copy and online) as well as formal Web forums and blogs.

The 2008 program targets practitioners at varying levels of management--including young professionals and public administration students--from all levels of government, the public nonprofit sector, and related international communities. It will consist of the following:

* Seminars and workshops to share specific tools and techniques of interest to practitioners on a select range of public management topics

* Forums (open discussion and debate) to explore emerging or continuing public management challenges and solutions of interest to practitioners

* A practitioner conference built around a unique theme that resonates with our varied communities of interest.

This year's kickoff conference--planned for Baltimore on July 28-29--will be presented jointly with the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Under the theme of "transforming bureaucratic cultures," five tracks will explore challenges and solutions on the topics of performance, accountability, human capital, technology, and communication. …