Presenters: Bert Koopman, Charles Parker, Liesbet Heyse, Margo van den Brink, Susan Ostermann, Sylvo Thijsen, Alan Latourelle, Arjen Boin, Lauren Fahy, and Paul ‘t Hart
Date: 29 March 2021
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Public organizations are faced with turbulent times. They need to meet high expectations from political masters, public funders, and the publics they serve. Their performance is monitored relentlessly by media and parliament. This online symposium will consider how public organizations may navigate change, criticism, and controversy without sacrificing their core values and institutional identity. It will address questions such as:
When and how do public organizations become valued public institutions in their society, and why does that matter?
How can public organizations guard societal values when facing external headwinds?
How can organizational leaders instill and preserve cultures of dedicated and adaptive professional excellence?
This event builds on the recent book Guardians of Public Value: How Public Organizations Become and Remain Institutions which contains 12 case studies of public organizations worldwide that have risen to these challenges. Download this book for free at: https://bit.ly/3rbdWZ6
After a stage-setting plenary opening, selected case studies will be presented in in breakout sessions:
Dr. Bert Koopman —Journalist and business history scholar on The Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra: Guardian of Symphonic Music
Dr. Charles Parker — Associate professor of political science, Uppsala University on The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Guardian of Climate Science
Dr. Liesbet Heyse — Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Groningen on Médecins Sans Frontières: Guardian of Humanitarian Values
Dr. Margo van den Brink — Assistant Professor of Spatial Planning, University of Groningen on Rijkswaterstaat: Guardian of the Dutch Delta
Dr. Susan Ostermann — Assistant Professor of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame on The Election Commission of India: Guardian of Democracy
In the second part of the symposium, two experienced public-sector CEOs will reflect on their experiences of stewardship of public institutions in turbulent times and take part in a Q&A:
Sylvo Thijsen — CEO of the Dutch National Forest Service and the 2019 Public Manager of the Year in the Netherlands
Alan Latourelle — CEO of Parks Canada (2002-15) and member of the Order of Canada
The seminar is convened and facilitated by the book’s editors, Professor Arjen Boin (Leiden University), Lauren Fahy, MPA and Professor Paul ‘t Hart (Utrecht School of Governance).
This event is supported by: the Vereniging voor Bestuurskunde, the International Leadership Association Public Leadership member community, the Canadian Institute for Public Administration, and Utrecht University.
Margo van den Brink
Paul ‘t Hart