EDUCATING MANAGERS FOR THE PUBLIC SECTOR: GUEST EDITORS‘ INTRODUCTION

EDUCATING MANAGERS FOR THE PUBLIC SECTOR: GUEST EDITORS‘ INTRODUCTION Academics and practising administrators alike have, in recent years, been puzzled about the contribution which universities make (or could make) to the enhancement of managerial capacity in government. To some extent, this reflects a normal “stress line” in this field. Academics are concerned that their work should be intellectually valid, while practitioners want to ensure that academic work has a practical application. Both tend to agree that academic work should be “relevant” to the work of the practitioners,but this term can be interpreted in a wide range of different ways. So to some extent, this question is one of those hardy perennials over which there will always be scope for academics and practitioners to argue. At the same time, there seems to be more questioningof the terms of the debate, which relates to important changes taking place in the public sector and in the universities. AU this was reflected in a series of papers presented in the so-called Academics and Practitioners’ Meeting held as part of the Institute’s National Conference in Hobart in November 1991, and a number of papers presented and discussed in that meeting are included in this symposium. W e n together, these papers identify http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian Journal of Public Administration Wiley

EDUCATING MANAGERS FOR THE PUBLIC SECTOR: GUEST EDITORS‘ INTRODUCTION

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Wiley
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Copyright © 1991 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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0313-6647
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1467-8500
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-8500.1991.tb02469.x
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Academics and practising administrators alike have, in recent years, been puzzled about the contribution which universities make (or could make) to the enhancement of managerial capacity in government. To some extent, this reflects a normal “stress line” in this field. Academics are concerned that their work should be intellectually valid, while practitioners want to ensure that academic work has a practical application. Both tend to agree that academic work should be “relevant” to the work of the practitioners,but this term can be interpreted in a wide range of different ways. So to some extent, this question is one of those hardy perennials over which there will always be scope for academics and practitioners to argue. At the same time, there seems to be more questioningof the terms of the debate, which relates to important changes taking place in the public sector and in the universities. AU this was reflected in a series of papers presented in the so-called Academics and Practitioners’ Meeting held as part of the Institute’s National Conference in Hobart in November 1991, and a number of papers presented and discussed in that meeting are included in this symposium. W e n together, these papers identify

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Australian Journal of Public AdministrationWiley

Published: Jun 1, 1991

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