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Invitation for:

The 15th NISPAcee Annual Conference
"Leadership and Management in the Public Sector: Values, Standards and Competencies in Central and Eastern Europe"
May 17 - 19, 2007, Kyiv, Ukraine
 
Organized in cooperation with the National Academy of Public Administration, Office of the President of Ukraine

Conference venue:
Hotel RUS, Hospitalna Str.#4, Kyiv 01601, Ukraine
Tel.: +380 (44) 256 40 00, Fax: +380 (44) 289 43 96

Terms and Conditions
(incl. information about:fees, hotel costs, payment, funding,visa, cancellation...)

REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE and HOTEL RESERVATIONS
(managed separately!!!!!!!)



 How to get to the Hotels and Centre
 
online Conference Programme available along with the presented papers at the conference

  Invitation and Call for papers in MSWord (165k)
 
 
The annual conferences of NISPAcee always focus upon a significant theme which facilitates the better understanding of important issues regarding administrative development and policymaking capacity in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The Conference includes experts, scholars and practitioners who work in the field of public administration in Central and Eastern Europe (including all countries covered by the NISPAcee membership, the Russian Federation, Caucasus and Central Asia), as well as from many other regions and countries of the world.

The Conference program will include the opening and closing plenary sessions, general session, working sessions on the main conference theme, specialized panels and forums and meetings of NISPAcee Working Groups which will run in parallel.


Papers are invited on the Main Conference Theme, for the General Session, or on the themes of the various Working Groups, which are announced for the conference.
 

Main Conference Theme:
The annual conferences of NISPAcee always focuses upon a significant theme which addresses issues that facilitate the better understanding of significant issues regarding administrative development and policy making capacity in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Most, if not all, of these issues are, of course, relevant for many other regions of the world as well. Previous conferences have provided a comprehensive overview of many important aspects of public administration reform, democratization and professionalization of the executive branch, governmental managerial innovations and administrative capacity building as well as the emerging role of Public Administration education and training in the NISPAcee countries.

The main conference theme of the 15th Annual Conference will address a very crucial subject for not only Central and Eastern Europe, but all regions of the world: leadership and management in the public sector. While the critical and decisive role of leadership and management in the public sector is almost a cliché, the reality is that there is relatively little knowledge available about the transformation of the earlier dominant and politically determined CEE public leadership into a new, professional, democratic, managing leadership in the post-communist era. Likewise, there is only limited knowledge of how the newly emerged politico-administrative dichotomy in the region has influenced the formation of its managing leadership and how this dichotomy, in turn, has been influenced by the region’s leadership and managers. 


Conference participants were invited to contribute papers about experiences and cases of the articulation of new leadership and management in their countries’ public sector. The key question is whether the new leadership and managers are able to effectively serve as the driving force in the steering of and development of public services. This is an especially important question, since the capabilities of the managing leadership are perhaps the most important element of the organizational capacity of many CEE and CIS countries.

Are public sector leaders and managers in the CEE and CIS countries champions of democratic political and administrative development or just followers of the processes? Within the new political, societal and economic conditions that characterize the region, has a new model of public leadership and management emerged, or is the old one struggling with the new challenges?

The main theme discussions can help in the definition of the core values of public sector leadership and management. What explanatory strengths for the definition of the core values in public sector leadership and management have the following dichotomies?
democratization - authority
decentralization- centralization
integration – differentiation
expansion - consolidation
change - continuity
competitive system change - maintenance of system
maximization of output – sustainability

The conference will also provide an opportunity to examine (including both the ideal and the reality) ethical, professional, legal, procedural, quality, performance standards in public sector leadership and management. Are current standards formalized? If not, who should set such standards and how? Are the standards applied in the public sector the results of a natural developmental process of the domestic public sector, or they are imposed by globalization or forced upon the region’s countries by a "foreign” model of the modernization? Are there double standards? Are current standards orienting the development process and shaping the actions of leaders, or are existing standards only desires?

Another significant area of concern that the conference will address are the required competencies for public sector leaders and manager – such as the understanding of self and others; effective communication; life long learning; developing those with whom leaders work; building teams; using participatory decision making procedures; managing performance, time, change, and knowledge; thinking strategically and involving various constituencies. Is a new, modern management culture emerging in the public sector of the post-communist world? How are necessary leadership and managerial competencies related to it? What do the practitioners and the academics say about the gap between the required and the existing competencies? How can NISPAcee support the development of the leadership and managerial competencies which the region’s countries require?
 
General Session:
In order to include a wide array of potential contributors and to make the NISPAcee Annual Conference even more attractive to Public Administration and Policy scholars, experts, and practitioners and to further enhance its position as one of the most important meetings of the field internationally, the 15th NISPAcee Annual Conference will include General Sessions, in which papers that cover topics which go beyond the conference or working group themes can be presented. The only criteria for acceptance are (a) scholarly quality, (b) interest of topic and (c) "from or about the region”, i.e. papers should come from Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus, or be about that region. Such sessions are intended to give scholars the possibility to present their most interesting and recent research which they would want to share and discuss with an international and knowledgeable audience – and to give them the option to do this in the NISPAcee framework. As with all sessions, the best papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings or in the NISPAcee Year Book.

Working Groups:
NISPAcee Working Group is a group of researchers and/or professionals associated with NISPAcee who are investigating a particular public administration or public policy topic. Currently, there are seven NISPAcee Working Groups which intend to schedule their meetings during the 15th NISPAcee Annual Conference in Kyiv.








Panel Sessions and Forums:

Several panel sessions and forums are planed to be included in the conference programme.
The overall objective is the presentation of different projects and relevant activities as well as to enable and facilitate the exchange of views, experiences and good practices among participants, institutions and countries. Proposals with the identified topic and presentations are welcome and will be considered by the Conference Committee.



Proposals for the New Panel/Session - closed

Application with Papers and Proposals for Panel Sessions and Forums - closed



Applicants should complete an application form on the NISPAcee web (all in English) and input an abstract of a paper that is relevant to the main conference theme or Working Group themes (maximum two pages - 3600 characters and attach the CV file (maximum 2MB).
Deadline for applications with papers and proposals for Panels and Forums was: October 20, 2006
 
New working groups - closed
A new working group could be proposed by a team of academics/researchers and could be included into the conference programme after being accepted by the NISPAcee Steering Committee. The proposal should have included:
- field of work/research, aims and objectives of the work/research, work plan, Call for papers for the WG meeting held in Kyiv
- name(s) and CV(s) of the working group’s coordinator(s)
(Deadline was September 15, 2006)


Registration for the Conference and Hotel reservations:

Detailed information about hotel reservations and conference fees



All participants, including authors of the accepted papers for the conference, are kindly asked to REGISTER for the event.
Deadline for registration: March 31, 2007

 

Work plan and papers
The authors whose drafts have been accepted were be informed about the selection results via the NISPAcee web page.


The final version of the completed paper should be prepared according to  NISPAcee MANUSCRIPT GUIDELINES and submitted via the NISPAcee website by April 10, 2007at the latest.
Papers will be accessible for all conference participants on the NISPAcee website prior to the event. Copies of papers will not be provided by NISPAcee during the Conference. Authors of the papers are welcome to bring copies of their papers for distribution at their working session or working group.
Papers which are not accepted for the presentation may be duplicated and distributed during the Conference to interested participants by the authors themselves.
The most representative papers of the Conference will be submitted to the selection process and published in the Conference Proceedings.

The publication of speeches or papers presented at the Conference requires the authorisation of NISPAcee. This means that the authors should contact the President of the Association, or the Executive Director, prior to giving their agreement for publication of their paper by some source other than NISPAcee.
  
Support:
All applicants are requested to find their own resources, either from their schools or institutions or by applying for individual grants through domestic or international sponsor organizations which provide grants for conference participation. Please contact the NISPAcee Secretariat immediately if you need any assistance in this matter (e.g. invitation letter).
NISPAcee is also seeking funding to support Working Groups activities, including travel and lodging for a limited number of participants during the meetings. However, this funding is not guaranteed and prospective participants are advised to look elsewhere for funds to cover their expenses.
In case NISPAcee is successful, the selected applicants will be notified about the availability of the funds.


Information on all conference logistics is available on the Internet:
NISPAcee homepage http: //www.nispa.org

Contact person:
Inquiries are to be addressed to:
Viera Wallnerova, NISPAcee Project Manager, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Tel: +421-2-6428 5558, Tel/Fax: +421-2-6428 5557
E-mail: Wallnerova@nispa.org
 
 
 
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