Academic journal article Public Administration Quarterly

The Certified Public Manager Program: Introduction

Academic journal article Public Administration Quarterly

The Certified Public Manager Program: Introduction

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INTRODUCTION

The type of training and development we offer public administrators tells a lot about the kind of public administration we want. Two basic questions emerge in discussing administrative development: How should we structure programs, e.g., what relationship should they have with universities or public agencies, what prerequisites should they require, should they lead to certification, etc.? What skills should programs develop-what do graduates need to know?

While a number of articles discuss the skills public managers need and relate them to program structure, most such analyses limit their purview to master of public administration programs. Only a few articles have analyzed the history or operation of certified public manager (CPM) programs. As Hays and Duke (1996, p. 425) note CPM "has not commanded nearly as much attention as other concerns relating to the professionalization of the field."

The American Society for Public administration's Section for Professional and Organizational Development (SPOD) is pleased to sponsor a symposium to extend the discussion of administrative development to CPM offerings. The intent is both to illuminate this aspect of the development universe and to open discussion on possible relationships between CPM programs and MPAs.

The symposium consists of six articles. Thomas Patterson and Kenneth Henning's opening piece describes the birth of the CPM concept and identifies the major management concerns that led to the program's creation. …

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