The overall conference theme is Public Management in the 21st Century. Trends, Challenges, Competencies. In an operating environment characterized by vulnerability, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity – a VUCA world – public managers will face a variety of new challenges, including managing diffuse stakeholder networks, authority turbulence and populism, and multi-sector service delivery chains.

These 21st century managerial demands require a combination of classical, recurrent, and new competencies and skills. The academic public management community will shape and have to respond to this dynamic environment with interdisciplinary, comparative, and innovative research that ventures into new avenues and questions.

In choosing this theme, we aim to bring together scholars from developed, developing and transitioning economies to reflect on big ideas in public management and to look at the prospects of the field, with particular focus on the role of the public manager in a rapidly changing environment.

We welcome submissions on a variety of themes including performance management, co-production, collaborative governance, leadership development and strategic HRM, public service delivery, public-private partnerships, capacity building, decentralization and federalism, values, ethics and accountability, good governance, Eastern and Western models of public administration, and multi-level governance, among others.

Public Management Research Conference 2018 will take place at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (NUS), in Singapore, from Thursday 31 May to Saturday 2 June 2018.

Public Management Research Association (PMRA)

The Public Management Research Association (PMRA) is a nonprofit academic membership association that furthers research on public organisations.

The Public Management Research Association Conference has become the foremost gathering of leading public management scholars in the U.S. and around the world.

In addition, PMRA now publishes the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), one of the premier journals in the field. A second journal, Perspectives on Public Management and Governance (PPMG), will debut in 2017.

For more information, visit pmranet.org


Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) LKYSPP is an autonomous, professional graduate school of the National University of Singapore. Its mission is to educate and train policymakers and leaders, with the objective of raising the standards of governance throughout the region, improving the lives of its people, and, in so doing, contributing to the transformation of Asia and beyond. In addition to Masters and PhD programmes, the LKYSPP offers high quality customised Executive Programmes that cater to the needs of time-constrained senior managers and professionals, with the aim of delivering creative solutions to real management and leadership challenges.

For more information about the School, visit