The Ludovika Campus of NUPS hosted the first in the annual series of conferences of the International Public Management Network (IPMN) on 1st September 2015. Professor Dr. György Kiss, Dean of the Faculty of Public Administration welcomed the 30 renown international experts who held altogether 25 presentations in public management throughout the four-day event.
The explicit purpose of the programme was to provide a forum where researchers dealing with relevant theories could meet with experts working in public management, as all of their efforts are aimed at the same goal, said Dr. Clay Wescott, President of IPMN at the ceremonial gala dinner. Professor Wescott added that development and efficient leadership can only be achieved through the synchronization of theory and practice.
Sharing this thought Dr. Tamás Fellegi, CEO of the Hungary Initiatives Foundation and a privatdocent at NUPS reminded that contemporary leaders have to face challenges emerging from globalization, the change in the general socio-economic situation, the communities connected through cross-border digital networks, and the strengthening of nationalism. According to Dr. Fellegi, effective management is none other than the development of a future view and the selection and realization of the appropriate strategy. However, one should not forget that the achieved results ought to be capable of being measured with objective methods.
This was also mentioned in the opening section of the conference by Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs at NUPS regarding the Good State Report. The Vice-Rector reminded the audience that based on the experiences, professional and political evaluations not always match even though neutrality should be a basic requirement.
In addition to these topics, the conference dealt with manager competences in public service, the relationship between private and public sector and the policy of fiscal consolidation in 13 European countries.
The 19th conference of the representatives of the International Public Management Network titled “Public Management for the Future: Innovative Ways of Governing and Managing” and held between 1-4 September 2015 at NUPS served as the forum to present the three books containing the articles based on the best presentations at the annual conference of the European Decision Sciences Institute (EDSI).
The first issue of the books, published by Pearson and edited by Professor Gyulas Vastag at NUPS, is titled “Research in the Decision Sciences for Global Business” includes the studies of Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Dr. Norbert Kis, Col. Dr. Gábor Boldizsár, Prof. Dr. András Nemeslaki and Dr. Zoltán Jobbágy.
The importance of the event was reminded by Prof. D. Clay Whybank, former President of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), the mother organization of EDSI. Professor Whybank said that the key to successful leadership lies within the quantity of active professional partner relations, as it is no longer sufficient to view problems exclusively from one perspective as an expert of one particular field. The efficient leadership of the future realizes through co-operation with innovation at its centre.
According to Prof. Whybank, if trainings in military, public administration and security policy are located at the same place, than students have the opportunity to establish open relations with each other. This is important because later on they will work at organizations that will have to have close co-operation and will have to make currently not foreseeable decisions based on integral thinking. The professor emeritus at North Caroline University added that the trainings at NUPS are truly unique in Europe: although education is managed through four faculties, the co-operation of which results in an invisible fifth faculty where the successful leaders of the future graduate.