EMPA 2010 Cohort Visits Hanoi, Vietnam

Our Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) 2010 cohort is visiting Hanoi, Vietnam November 5-13. The members are preparing for an amazing experience focusing on political leadership challenges unique to Vietnam.

The weeklong program is incredibly eye opening as students explore the challenges and opportunities facing public administration and government organizations. These sessions quickly turn into dialogues for collaboration as the peers bond over shared experiences.

While in Hanoi, the CPS faculty utilize the EMERGE curriculum to present case studies on leadership development and public administration in Vietnam’s urban areas. This allows the students to gain a global viewpoint on public service and new perspectives on issues in their home communities.

Previous International Field Experiences have included visits to Lanzhou, China and Seoul, Korea.

EMPA is designed for forward-looking public and nonprofit professionals who have more than10 years experience successfully managing people, programs and organizational units, and our now ready to assume a role of advanced leadership.

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Sustainable Tribal Forestry Seminar

Institute for Tribal GovernanceThis summer, CPS is happy to be working with the Institute for Tribal Government (ITG) and Ecotrust to present a seminar on Sustainable Tribal Forestry. This partnership strengthens PSU’s commitment to sustainable development and community leadership. The ITG strives (among other goals) to provide tribal leaders with the tools necessary to effectively manage their natural resources. The upcoming Sustainable Tribal Forestry Seminar (August 8-11) will be conducted with this ambition in mind. Main themes of the seminar will include: how to utilize forest carbon credits, new market tax credits, forest stewardship council certification, and holistic watershed restoration strategies. Tribal leaders and staff are invited to register now. Continue reading

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New Energy Economy Summer Series

Wind turbineIn response to the needs and desires of local public agencies and energy organizations, CPS Adjunct Assistant Professor Jeff Hammarlund is coordinating with other faculty and industry experts to offer a series of two- and three-day workshops over the summer focused on what we are calling the “New Energy Economy.” Workshops will focus on using a systems approach to analyzing and understanding the complexities of the electric energy system; new and evolving business models for the energy industry; climate change and its effect on business as well as policy; project and program management for energy efficiency professionals; and the smart grid and sustainable energy systems.

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New at CPS: Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Public Management

The Institute for Nonprofit Management and Center for Public Service at Portland State University are pleased to announce a new Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Public Management. Currently known as the Graduate Certificate in Public Management, the expanded program represents a new initiative joining our robust collection of nonprofit programs with the public management offerings at the Center for Public Service. This summer we are recruiting our first cohort of students with an emphasis on nonprofit management. Applications are due July 31.  Continue reading

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Letter from the Director – Summer 2011

Photo of Phil Keisling, Director, Center for Public Service

Phil Keisling, Director, Center for Public Service

In these challenging times, certain phrases seem increasingly common in discussions about the public sector — e.g, “outcomes-based budgeting”; “performance measurement,” “lean management” and “government transformation.”

But how well do public administration scholars and practitioners understand some of the subtle but often powerful differences between such core concepts as “management” and “leadership”; “outputs” and “outcomes”; and program “efficiency” and “effectiveness”? What insights can the latest academic research provide to practitioners wrestling with these concepts on a regular basis? And in return, how can and should the work and experience of practitioners best inform future scholarship and inquiry?

These and related questions will be center stage this October 1-2 as Portland State University and our Center for Public Service plays host to the Second International Conference on Government Performance Management and Leadership. And I’d like to personally invite elected officials and leaders in local, state, federal, and tribal governments throughout the Northwest to be part of this important gathering.

Through generous donations from the community, we’re able to offer a reduced registration rate for those interested in observing the conference presentations and having a chance to learn from – and compare notes with – more than 120 scholars and practitioners from around the world. Conference co-sponsors include China’s Lanzhou University; Japan’s Waseda University; Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Academy of National Politics and Public Administration; and Rutgers University and its Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network.

The theme of this year’s conference – “Innovations Toward Sustainable Solutions” – is also especially timely and relevant. We’re also viewing the conference as another key milestone in the Center for Public Service’s evolving mission to better connect scholars and students with the needs of real world practitioners.

Your participation will help inform that important work – and hopefully will give you new ideas and perspectives on how these challenges aren’t just unique to our communities. I hope you will be able to join us.

More details about the conference and how to register can be found at http://www.lanzhou-hatfield.pdx.edu/2011-conference.

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International Spotlight: Japan

2009 cohort engaging in group discussion, facilitated by Professor Nishishiba

2009 cohort engaging in group discussion, facilitated by Professor Nishishiba

The Tokyo Foundation and the Center for Public Service at PSU’s Hatfield School of Government have jointly developed a specialized professional development training program for Japanese municipal government managers. This program is designed to prepare local government managers in Japan for the increased responsibility placed upon them as a result of a major initiative to decentralize governing responsibility in Japan. Since 2004, a talented group of municipal managers from around Japan are appointed by their mayor to partake in this educational experience.

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Announcing 2011-2012 Executive Seminar Program Case Studies!

The Executive Seminar Program is a professional education program for mid-career managers and senior staff in public, private, tribal and non-profit organizations. This program uses live case studies of controversial natural resource issues as a focal point for leadership development.  Each seminar reconstructs the natural resource policy controversy by visiting the site of the issue, reviewing background materials and meeting with the decisive players in the conflict. Through study of these cases, participants come to understand the complex social, legal and political context of today’s environmental and natural resource problems. They can then identify improved approaches, learn effective techniques, and develop greater ability to lead in the policy context natural resource managers face.

The case studies for the 2011-2012 program year are:

  • Wolf Management in Oregon: October 24-28, 2011 (La Grande & Enterprise, OR)
  • Allocating Oregon’s Near Shore for Marine Reserves and Wave Energy Projects: February 27 – March 2, 2012 (Newport, OR)
  • Aquatic Invasive Species Management: April 30 – May 4, 2012 (Lake Mead, NV)

A two-day program wrap up will take place on June 7-8, 2012, on the Portland State Campus.

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