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irspm2018@speak.co.uk 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9JS, UK 11-13 April 2018

IRSPM Annual Conference 2018

The XXII IRSPM Annual Conference 2018 took place at the University of Edinburgh and offered the chance to network with colleagues, exchange research findings and discuss new topics of emerging significance in public management.

The Centre for Service Excellence at the University of Edinburgh Business School will be the local hosts and are taking on the task of assembling an outstanding scientific programme for this event. We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland for the 2018 XXII IRSPM Annual Conference — we will ensure your attendance is both scientifically and socially rewarding.

Professor Stephen Osborne and Dr Sophie Flemig
University of Edinburgh Business School


IRSPM Theme 2018

The theme of the IRSPM 2018 conference was creating and co-creating value in public service delivery.

One of the key debates in the public management community is about the 'value' that is created by public services. This debate has included elements concerning, among others:

  • What this value comprises and for whom (services users, citizens, the community, etc)
  • How is it understood by different stakeholders?
  • The balance and potential conflicts both between individual and public value and between the values underpinning public services and the value that they add to citizens and society
  • The processes through which it is designed into public service systems, and organisations
  • How it might be evaluated.

Several schools of thought have developed to pose frameworks for these debates (such as Mark Moore and 'public value', Gerry Stoker and 'public value management', and Stephen Osborne and 'public service dominant theory').

Several journals, such as Public Management Review and Strategic Management Journal are commissioning special issues to explore precisely this issue. We are now at the point where a clear articulation of value in public service delivery is required, as well as the processes through which it can be created (and destroyed) in public service delivery. This is likely to be the cornerstone of the development both of public management theory and of public service delivery as the twenty-first century progresses.

Consequently, now is a key juncture for IRSPM to take a strategic role within our research community in leading and shaping the conversation about the creation and co-creation of value in public service delivery. This conference is committed to this task.

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The International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) has become one of the leading international academic associations for advancing research on public management. IRSPM produces Public Management Review, a highly respected peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing the best in new developments in public management and public policy implementation.

The IRSPM annual conference, which is attended by around 500 people, is an important platform to exchange research findings and discuss new topics of emerging significance in public management. The conference is also a platform where experienced researchers meet young researchers, and where practitioners can engage with academics.

The conference is also an important vehicle for stimulating regional initiatives and encouraging special interest groups related to public management.

A distinctive feature of IRSPM is the extent to which we welcome and encourage the participation of New Researchers, including PhD students. Each conference contains a stream dedicated to presentations by and discussion of the work of doctoral students and early career researchers, who interact with leading scholars from across the international IRSPM community.

We welcome new participants in our conference and look forward to your contribution to the development of our field of study and its wider impact on the well-being of society.