The Outline for MPA 809 Management in the Public Sector, 2014-15 is now posted under Teaching. Click here.
Measuring Employee Engagement: Off the Pedestal and Into the Toolbox: I just completed an interesting review of employee engagement surveying in the public sector for a Canadian government. You can access it here.
I was pleased to be notified by the Financial Management Institute of Canada's (fmi*igf) Board of Directors that I have been awarded the 2013-2014 Alan G. Ross Award for Writing Excellence for your
article “What is financial literacy for the public manager”. This article was published in the autumn 2013 issue of the fmi*igf Journal. You can access it here.
"Are we there yet? Reflections on 25 years of police governance." - talk to the Canadian Association of Police Governance, Halifax, August 23, 2014. To read, Click Here
Article in The Winnipeg Free Press on police governance; "A Strong, Active Board is Vital to Police Oversight." Monday, July 28, 2014. To read, Click Here
Two great new case sites, with valuable cases and simulation material:
MITSloanManagement's LearningEdge is a very good source of both cases and simulations. There has been considerable investment in case and simulation design. Well worth a look at https://mitsloan.mit.edu/LearningEdge/Pages/default.aspx.
Markkula Centre for Ethics, Santa Clara University Case Studies in Ethics: This is a large offering of ethics cases and challenges. Well done. http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/focusareas/cases.cfm
Sir Humphry and the professors: What Does Whitehall want from academics?
The University of Manchester - Colin Talbot and partners - have released a very interesting study of how senior civil servants regard academic input into policy making. Most revealing in all of this is how research and policy studies affect how policy makers think and how much they reach out or react to studies in place. The conclusions are of worth, especially those about how senior public servants pick up the ideas and information that inform their work. You can access it at http://www.policy.manchester.ac.uk/media/projects/policymanchester/1008_Policy@Manchester_Senior_Civil_Servants_Survey_v4(1).pdf
Briefly noted: Keeping an eye on Developments
New Casebook on Implementing Enterprise Risk Management Case Studies is a Must
This is somewhere between a minor piece of self -promotion and awe at the capacity of John Fraser and his colleagues, Betty J. Simkins and Kristina Narvaez to pull together such an array of case studies and best practices in their new book, Implementing Enterprise Risk Management, Case Studies and Best Practices, just out from Wiley. Aside from the fact that i contributed one of my cases, Developing a Strategic Risk Plan for the Hope City Police Service, the book contains a thoughtfully assembled array of very helpful cases, ranging from the application to strategic decision-making and planning to how to teach risk management to more technical or detailed aspects of the implementation of risk management.
I have been involved with this issue for years now. So many organizations and people working in them believe in the concept of effective risk management, but founder on how to get there and how they gauge that their there is where they need to be. Too many settle for what I see as paper compliance and excessive process that passes for busy work, seems to fill the bill and gets an audit check when needed. Of course, this hardly is implementing risk management in terms of culture, linkage to both strategic and operational activities and informing the judgement of everyone in the organization and beyond.
John Fraser has been a thought leader in enterprise risk management in Canada and around the world for many years. From his position first as Chief Risk Officer at Hydro One Networks and now Senior Vice President of Internal Audit, he built ERM, implemented it, but then learned from that experience and extended it to applications in many companies and public organizations. He lead the Conference Board of Canada Risk Management Executive Group as chair of its advisory board. He has spoken widely and published very successfully not just this book, but its companion piece, Enterprise Risk Management, also published by Wiley. Get this book. Go to http://ca.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118691962.html