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Special Issue Call for Papers - New perspectives on public governance: challenging issues and emerging solutions


Special issue call for papers from Journal of Economic and Administrative Sciences

Guest editors
Andrea Tomo, University of Naples, Federico II
Ernesto De Nito, University of Catanzaro, Magna Graecia
Paolo Canonico, University of Naples, Federico II

BACKGROUND TO THE SPECIAL ISSUE

Public sector is world-wide constantly seeking for improving effectiveness and performance. The aim of reaching these results is strictly related to the need of offering high quality services to citizens and to be accountable for their actions.
Main critics moved to the public sector, often reported by literature, practitioners and public employees, are related to bureaucracy, alienation, turnover, work to rule, low motivation, etc... In order to overcome these hurdles, academics, policy makers and public managers are always in search for new solutions. These solutions should necessarily take into account two key concepts. First, public organizations, as any other organization, relies on individuals and groups, whose actions are highly influenced by affective relations and by their motivation. Second, public organizations act in high institutionalized context, where other public organizations, private organizations and citizens, at same time represents a source of resources, interactions, and pressures on their actions.
To develop a new and more accountable model for public organizations, academics, policy makers and public managers should (re)discover the prominent role of leading, not only managing, people inside the (public) organizations towards an enhanced performance and a high quality service for the public.

TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS SOLICITED
The purpose of this special issue is to call for papers focusing on new challenges and solutions within the public sector. More in detail, the question raised is related to those still unsolved issues that limit an effective administrative action within public organizations.
Papers proposed for this special issue are welcomed on the suggested areas:
•    Interactions and relations inside and outside the public organization;
•    Public employees and managers’ motivation;
•    Performance measurement systems and their impact on individuals;
•    Change management in public organizations.

These themes should be investigated with regards to (but not limited to) the following research questions:
•    How do relations, interactions and conflicts influence organizational performance?
•    Which kind of relation exists between motivation and performance measurement systems?
•    What are possible models for an effective change management in a public organization?
•    How is possible motivating public employees in the process of organizational change?

SUBMISSION PROCESS AND DEADLINES
•    Papers will be reviewed according to the JEAS double-blind peer review process.
•    Please submit your paper online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jeas. When submitting your paper, please select the relevant title of the special issue. Submissions should be prepared using the JEAS Manuscript Preparation Guidelines here
•    The deadline for submissions is 30th June, 2018.
•    Informal enquiries relating to the Special Issue, proposed topics and potential fit with the Special Issue objectives are welcomed. Please direct any questions to the guest editors at these e-mail addresses: andrea.tomo@unina.it, denito@unicz.it, paolo.canonico@unina.it

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