British Academy of Management 2020

Murphy, J. (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Joint Track Event 9-Practical considerations for the post-COVID-19 Liminal space Public Management after Covid: Will things ever be the same again? It is somewhat of a truism to say that public services are under considerable pressure. The ongoing impact of austerity and the likely effects of Brexit present an ever more complex environment for the public sector in the United Kingdom and Ireland. While change is, and has generally been, a constant, the discontinuous nature of the current public sector landscape represents a unique challenge to public management, for both academics and practitioners alike. Public services find themselves facing a range of challenges: demographic changes, technological changes, austerity, and Brexit. These challenges are not unique to regions or states but cross boundaries and borders throughout the UK and Ireland. Varying degrees of devolution across Great Britain and Northern Ireland have stimulated divergence in approaches, attitudes, and the ability of public services to navigate this complexity. And added to this already complex environment is the huge disruption of Covid-19. Are we now facing a ‘Shroedinger’s lockdown’? Lockdown is lifting, unless you live in Aberdeen, Preston, or Leicester. National policy remains confused at best. Join us for a panel-based discussion where we will explore the challenges, tensions and perhaps opportunities facing public services. Our speakers are: • Dr Joanne Murphy: Joanne will speak about the reality of Covid19 policy making in a cross-border context and the different approaches in relation to GB, NI and the Republic of Ireland – messaging, policy implantation and implications. • Prof Pete Murphy: Pete will reflect on the central/local policy making interface – with a focus on accountability and assurance for public services. • Richard Jefferies: Richard will consider the Scottish Higher Education experience: the same, but different? • Graeme McDonald: Graeme will reflect on the reality of managing through Covid and Brexit for local authority leaders • Dr Karen Maher will speak about the workplace challenges involved in managing through exogenous change • Dr Russ Glennon (chair) Who should attend? Scholars of all levels interested in contemporary management of public services, Brexit, and the post-Covid environment. Come ready to ask us questions! This panel seminar is jointly organised by the Public Management & Governance and Organisational Transformation, Change and Development, and Organizational Psychology Special Interest Groups in partnership with SOLACE – the Society for Local Authority Chief Executives.
Period04 Sep 2020
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational