Third International Conference on Government Performance Management and Leadership
2013 THEME: Governance, Leadership and Performance
– Accelerating Innovation in Government Performance through International Partnership –

Waseda University (Japan)
Portland State University (USA)
Lanzhou University (China)
Ho Chi Minh National Academy for Politics and Public Administration (Vietnam)

The main goal of this international conference is to convene leading scholars and practitioners to consider existing and future innovations in public sector performance management, leadership and governance. Public and nonprofit leaders across the globe are facing a varied range of challenges: “managing and measuring for results”, “meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs and aspirations of future generations”, “building the global and local partnership and collaborating for public value”, “managing more with less”, “being customer-driven” etc. These pressures have already resulted in major new initiatives, some of which include the creation of new performance measurement, monitoring and evaluation systems. Other new initiatives include the development of new governance processes and structures as well as new modes of leadership.

In addition to submissions from academic scholars, practitioners, and students that explore these issues in local, national, and international context, especially welcome will be submissions that illuminate some long-standing themes important to conference sponsors. These include:

  • Conceptual and working models of governance that covers the normative models of social, political, and administrative perspectives to contribute to policy implementation and public service delivery for result-oriented public management. 
  • Conceptual and working models of “Performance Management” that go beyond measurement and operational issues, and which speak to broader concepts of accountability, civic engagement, government legitimacy, and trust;
  • Research and scholarship around initiatives that integrate “management” and “leadership” innovations, rather than viewing the two concepts as inherently separate or even dichotomous;
  • Innovations grounded in and/or which promote sustainable development objectives across economic, environmental, and social dimensions

In addition to specific topics relating to one or more dimensions of Governance, Leadership, and Performance, conference sponsors are also looking for content that speaks to ensuring the collaborative partnership of performance management and leadership strategies, including at the international level. Other approaches and questions of interest include the following:

  1. Evaluation of Current State of the Art. How well do existing governance, performance management and leadership practices contribute to creating public value? What are some of the major limitations of such practices to making progress in this arena?
  2. New Innovations. What emerging new governance structures and processes, performance management, and leadership tools hold significant promise, and/or have shown demonstrated success?
  3.  Major Challenges. What are the major challenges and obstacles to the effective use of existing and new governance, performance management and leadership practices? How do such issues as data gaps, jurisdictional complexities, and public awareness pose challenges to effective performance management? What lessons have we learned about overcoming such challenges?
  4. Global context. In an increasingly global and inter-connected context, what are the key lessons for how performance management development objectives can be achieved? How can greater international cooperation help accelerate innovations in government performance management and leadership on a range of key issues – e.g. global health?

Submissions may be for any of the following: individual papers or panel organizer, poster presenter or organizer, workshop presenter or organizer.

PANEL: A maximum of four papers and/or presentation will be scheduled for each panel, which also include a moderator (if presenting) and an optional discussant. The conference committee will seek to distribute panels equally throughout the time slots. Panel sessions will be determined after receiving individual paper proposals and suggestions from those who volunteer to be a panel organizer.

All presentations should be those that have not yet been published in any academic or professional journal.

Abstract deadline: May 7th 2013 (JST)

  • For individual paper proposal please submit an abstract with 500 words or less.
  • For panel proposal please submit 1) description of panel theme (300 words or less) accompanied by abstract of each presentation (500 words or less).
  • Please include presenters’ 1) name, 2) title or position, 3) name of affiliated organization, 4) address, 5) email address.
  • For panel proposal please identify the key contact person
  • Please contact for any questions

Notification of accepted proposals: May 31st, 2013  
Draft paper deadline (10,000 words limit; Applicable only for individual panel presentation): August 20th, 2013
Conference presentations: September 22-23, 2013

Submission of Abstracts to:
With permission of the authors, conference organizers may choose to publish a compilation of papers from this conference.

The Conference will be held at International Conference Center, Waseda University
 1-6-1, Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku, Tokyo, 169-8050, Japan

The Conference registration fee is $150.

Please download here PDF file.

Questions about submissions and any further information can be directed to:
Professor Dr. Mari Yanagi Kobayashi