Eedoardo Ongaro Opening Specech Open University

Prof Dr Edoardo Ongaro, EGPA President, gave his inaugural lecture at The Open University (UK) on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 on a very interesting theme : ‘Context in Public Management, The Missing Link

During his lecture, Edoardo described how most of his professional life has been devoted to gaining a better understanding of why a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach does not work when it comes to public policy and management, and in the social sciences at large. He highlighted the importance of context and demonstrated examples of why a certain policy or practice could work well in one place, but not in another one, and why certain ‘solutions’ produce very different results when transferred from one country to another.

Edoardo dedicated this inaugural lecture to Professor Christopher Pollitt, who was also an OU professor: an esteemed colleague, a leading scholar and a dear friend. 

Edoardo Ongaro is Professor of Public Management at the Faculty of Business and Law at The Open University (OU). Previously he held positions at Northumbria University, as Professor of International Public Services Management, and SDA Bocconi School of Management and Bocconi University, where he still serves as Visiting Professor of Management of International and Supranational Organizations. He is President of the European Group for Public Administration.

He has also served on various academic and expert committees and contributed to numerous international research projects. He has been visiting professor and an invited speaker at various institutions in Europe, the Americas and Asia and is an editor of Public Policy and Administration.

He has published extensively on the topic of administrative reforms and comparative public management. Works include, The Palgrave Handbook of Public Administration and Management in Europe (Palgrave, 2017, co-edited with Sandra van Thiel); Philosophy and Public Administration: An Introduction (Elgar, 2017); Strategic Management in Public Services Organizations: Concepts, Schools and Contemporary Issues (2015, Routledge, co-authored with Ewan Ferlie); Multi-Level Governance: The Missing Linkages (editor, 2015, Emerald); and Public Management Reform and Modernization: Trajectories of Administrative Change in Italy, France, Greece, Portugal and Spain(2009, Elgar).

Watch the inaugural lecture here:

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