Public management is a rapidly growing and increasingly important field of inter-disciplinary research. It includes management in core executives in national governments, but ranges as widely as strategic management in international organisations, the management of public services down to local level whether run directly by public bodies or by private firms under contract, as well as regulatory activity. Research in this area has close links with public policy studies, political science, economics, information and project management and political history.
The cluster of researchers working on public management and regulation at Queen Mary was established in 2011. It brings together researchers with interests in every level of public management from the global through the continental to the national down to the local. Our distinctive signature is our focus on empirical work to examine explanatory theories in public management. The group works with the public policy researchers in the School of Politics and International Relations and has experience delivering executive education cources.
For further information, please contact Professor Martin Laffin.
Professor Perri 6 is Professor in Public Management and the School’s Director of Academic Strategy. His interests are in decision making and political judgment in the core executive. He is currently researching puzzles about how global regulatory institutions can survive and even thrive during periods of deep conflict.
Professor Colin Haslam is a Professor in Accounting/Finance with interests in financial reporting disclosures, the regulation of financial institutions and public sector outsourcing.
Dr Maria Koumenta is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM) with interests in public sector HRM and public service motivation theory.
Dr Stella Ladi is a Senior Lecturer in Public Management with interests in public policy and public administration reforms in light of the European Union. She is a Programme co-Director for the Masters in Public Administration (MPA).
Professor Martin Laffin is a Professor of Public Management with interests in local government, intergovernmental relations and UK devolution. He is a Programme co-Director for the Masters in Public Administration (MPA).
Professor Pedro Martins is a Professor of Applied Economics and the School’s Lead on Research Impact. His interests are in public policy on labour market issues. He is currently researching different policy options that may reduce employment volatility over the business cycle.
Dr Lutao Ning is a Reader in International Business. His research involves engagement with the State Council of China via the research centre of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC).
Dr Panos Panagiotopoulos is a Senior Lecturer in Information Management with interests in digital government research. He is an associate editor for Government Information Quarterly and a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute.
Dr Caterina Gennaioli is a Lecturer in Economics. As part of her research, she engages with policy makers on issues of environmental management, climate change and corruption.
Dr Min Yan is a Lecturer in Business Law with interests in the role of the regulation in changing corporate behaviour and managerial accountability.
Professor Gary Schwarz is a Professor in Public Management and Strategy. His research focuses on how public organizations and employees can improve their performance, innovation, and the role of various leadership approaches (e.g., public, servant, ethical, entrepreneurial, transformational, participative, etc.) in the strategy process.
Members of the cluster are committed to external engagement with academic and policy communities. These impact activities involve work with policy makers, collaborations with practitioners and professional services, as well as important outputs that help reach wider audiences.
Indicative activities by members of the cluster include the following:
Public Administration Review Symposium - Call for Papers
Decision-Making in Public Organizations: The Continued Relevance of “Administrative Behavior”
Gary Schwarz, Queen Mary University of London, email@example.com
Tom Christensen, University of Oslo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Xufeng Zhu, Tsinghua University, email@example.com
In honor of the upcoming 75th anniversary of the publication of Herbert Simon’s seminal book “Administrative Behavior: A Study of Decision-Making Processes in Administrative Organizations,” first published in 1947, Public Administration Review (PAR) will hold a Symposium titled “Decision-Making in Public Organizations: The Continued Relevance of “Administrative Behavior.”
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which awarded Herbert Simon the Nobel Prize in economics in 1978, considered Administrative Behavior as “epoch-making.” Administrative Behavior has a special relationship to PAR, as two of its chapters appeared in PAR prior to the publication of the book (Simon 1944; 1946). The recent resurgence in interest in the behavioral sciences in public administration has reintroduced the book to a new audience (Battaglio and Hall 2019).
One of the reasons why Administrative Behavior has influenced several generations of scholars and practitioners, is that it challenged the prevailing “principles” of administration that were considered to lead to administrative efficiency (Rainey 2001). Pointing out contradictions and incompatibilities between these principles that had been largely ignored, Simon put decision-making at the center of analysis and examined how individuals make decisions within certain organizational frames or contexts. Whereas standard economic theory assumed that individuals are perfectly rational decision-makers, Simon emphasized the limits to rationality that real-life administrators face with regard to memory, attention, or capacity (March and Olsen 1976). He developed a theory of bounded rationality, suggesting that individuals “satisfice” rather than maximize because they cannot evaluate all potential alternatives due to their limited cognitive and information processing abilities and incomplete knowledge. Administrative Behavior was also one of the first books to acknowledge the importance of loyalty and organizational identification for administrative efficiency (Miao et al. 2019), as they align the decisions that individuals make with organizational objectives.
Simon called for empirical research and experimentation into the concepts he developed in Administrative Behavior and this symposium aims to encourage such activity and take stock of the concepts’ continued relevance. We are interested in manuscripts from diverse disciplinary perspectives that contribute to a deeper understanding of decision-making in public organizations. We welcome submissions on theory development and empirical studies based on large-scale surveys, experiments, case studies, and other methodologies. We are particularly interested in research that develops the following topics and questions:
Review Process and Timeline
Apr 15, 2020 – Paper proposal (maximum 1,000 words) should be submitted via e-mail, copying in each of the symposium co-editors.
Apr 30, 2020 – Decision on paper proposal communicated to authors.
Aug 24/25, 2020 – Symposium conference at Queen Mary University of London. Authors of accepted proposals are strongly encouraged to participate.
Oct 31, 2020 – Complete manuscripts to be submitted via e-mail, copying in each of the symposium co-editors, for screening and feedback.
Dec 15, 2020 – Manuscripts to be submitted to PAR’s online editorial system. Manuscripts undergo PAR’s normal peer review process overseen by PAR Co-Editors-in-Chief, Paul Battaglio and Jeremy Hall.
Early 2022 – Planned publication date in PAR.
For more information and references, please see the full call for papers: