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 âstress lineâ 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 ârelevantâ 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 Practitionersâ Meeting held as part of the Instituteâs 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
Australian Journal of Public Administration – Wiley
Published: Jun 1, 1991
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