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Context in public management, the missing link

Edoardo Ongaro

At a time when Brexit negotiations reveal the potential confusion of assuming a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach across Europe, an OU academic described the perils of this approach worldwide.

Edoardo Ongaro, OU Professor of Public Management, highlighted the dangers of assuming that one standard solution can be rolled out across Europe or the world.

In his inaugural lecture, Context in public management, the missing link, which he delivered on 6 February 2018 at the OU in Milton Keynes, Professor Ongaro considered the importance of taking distinctive contexts, such as local culture and practices, into account in public management. He claims that such an approach may be of broader significance for the social sciences at large, rather than adopting a more generic approach.

Watch the video of Professor Ongaro’s inaugural:

Context in public management: the missing link

About Professor Ongaro

Edoardo Ongaro is Professor of 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.

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