Independent Demonstration Projects presentation at National Academy of Public Administration, Social Equity Leadership Conference

I presented a teaching case on Independent Demonstration Projects at the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) Social Equity Leadership Conference on June 10, 2022. NAPA will post a video of the presentation, but in the meantime my slides are at social-equity-leadership-conference-.pdf

OECD Observatory for Public Sector Innovation covers our research on Independent Demonstration Projects

Thank you to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for publishing a blog post about our research on Independent Demonstration Projects. https://oecd-opsi.org/blog/independent-demonstration-projects-a-bottom-up-strategy-for-innovation/

Practitioners: Present at the Northeast Conference on Public Administration

If you’re a Public Administration practitioner, consider presenting at NECOPA 2022. Have a case from your work that others could learn from? Technique you developed or tried out? I’m available to bounce ideas off. I’ve presented at NECOPA. The call for proposals is at https://northeastpublicadmin.org/

Teaching the Role of Public Sector Workers in Democratic Checks and Balances

Public sector workers are part of the web of checks and balances in democracy. Public administration schools are already teaching the ethics of whether and when public sector workers should act as checks and balances, but very little about how to fulfill this role. Case studies and several streams of public administration research provide a basis for teaching future public sector workers how to be effective as democratic checks and balances.

Our new working paper about this is on SocArXiv at https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/hy32x/

Independent Demonstration Projects: A Teaching Case on Government Innovation

I have developed a teaching case about Independent Demonstration Projects, which is a successful strategy to implement innovations in government without prior approval of agency officials. The case is currently pending peer review for publication. I would be pleased to send a copy of the draft case materials to any faculty member who wants to examine it for possible use in their teaching. I can be reached at David.Reed@PubAdmin.org

Newly Published Paper on Intrapreneurship Cites our Work

A new paper in the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management by S. Jimmy Gandhi, Colleen C. Robb and Ana Lee examines how entrepreneurial competencies can be used to encourage intrapreneurship in organizations. They cite my work on public sector workers using effectuation to implement innovations. Their new paper is at https://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticle.php?artid=115049

“Don’t Exclude Real Practitioners with the Imaginary Ones” is now Peer Reviewed and Published

The gap between academic research and practice in public administration is discussed often, but practitioners are rarely included in the discussion. My new paper in Administrative Theory & Praxis says that for the public administration research community to engage with practitioners, it should:

  • Expand the concept of public administration literature to include case reports by practitioners, which have long been an important part of medical literature.
  • Develop norms that reduce the risk to a practitioner’s career from sharing her innovations and experience.
  • Include practitioners in gatekeeping institutions, such as conference program committees, journal editorial boards, and peer reviewers.

The paper is available for free download at https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/7SSKBPY7ZEZA5MMRRQ6X/full?target=10.1080/10841806.2021.1910412