2017 Theme


Managing in a Networked World: Opportunities and Challenges

Managers in both the public and nonprofit sectors face a more connected, fast changing, and complex environment. Collaborative governance, different from traditional hierarchical approaches to government, encourages the engagement of non-state stakeholders across the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Through collaborative networks, public, nonprofit, and private organizations can share information and other resources and coordinate efforts in public service delivery, policy making, and policy implementation. Yet, cross-sector networks can pose new governance challenges of achieving both organizational mission and collaborative goals.

This conference calls for presentations from scholars and practitioners alike that examine how to prepare public and nonprofit managers to engage in inter-organizational collaboration and manage in a networked world. Proposals may address inter-organizational collaborations in a wide range of public management and policy domains, including, but not limited to, human and social services, transportation, housing, emergency management, and community and economic development.

To explore the 2017 theme further, read the full Call for Proposals.

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