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ASPA Conference Presentations, March 6-10, 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Deil S. Wright Symposium. Intergovernmental Management: Tensions and Trends
Teaching and Research Panelist, Heidi Koenig - Location: Field
The Status of Home Rule in Illinois

Saturday, March 7, 2015
1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Panel: Effectively Utilizing Data to Inform the Public: The Extent to Which Performance Reports Include Outcome Measures of Assessment
Presenter: Alicia Schatteman - Location: Addams
Paper: When Good Intentions Are Not Good Enough: Performance Reporting of Nonprofit Organizations

Sunday, March 8, 2015
11:45 am – 1:15 p.m.
Panel: Critical Issues in State and Local Government Finance
Presenter, Coauthor: Michael Peddle - Location: Dusable
Paper: Have Changing Tides Affected Local Economic Development Finance and Practice?

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Founder’s Forum – From Theory to Practice
Leadership for Seven Presidents: The Storied Career of Dwight Ink
Moderator: Kurt Thurmaier - Location: Toronto Room

Monday, March 9, 2015
9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Founder’s Forum – From Theory to Practice
National and Local Perspectives on Alternative Service Delivery
Presenter: Kurt Thurmaier - Location: Gold Coast room, Hyatt Regency
Edited Book: Alternative Service Delivery: Readiness Check.

9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Founder’s Forum – From Theory to Practice
Government Effectiveness and Competencies: International Perspectives
Presenter: Greg Porumbescu Location: Water Tower

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Panel: Social Equity In a Community Context
Moderator/Presenter: Heidi Koenig - Location: Toronto
Paper: Building a Community in DeKalb, Illinois: How Public Organizations in Re:New DeKalb Didn’t Spoil the Success of Downtown Planning

4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Panel: Sustainability Management in Local government
Moderator/Presenter: Eric Zeemering - Location: McCormick
Paper: Frameworks for Sustainability Management: Comparing Strategy, Performance and Resilience in the Public Sector

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
8:15 – 9:45 a.m.
Panel: Local Government Innovation: Alternative Service Delivery in Northern Illinois
Moderator/Presenter: Eric Zeemering - Location: DuSable
The Community Context for Alternative Service Delivery

Panel: Creating Effective Digital Government: The Role of Collaborative Network, Information Sharing, Civic Technology and Citizen Perception
Presenter: Greg Porumbescu - Location: Wright
Exploring the Impact of E-Government on Expectations of Public Service Provision: Evidence from Seoul, South Korea

Local Government Innovation Research

The department has recently launched a research program in innovation in local governments. This program examines the critical success factors for innovations with a focus on management.

Recent Publications

  • Gabris, G. T., Davis, T. J. (2013). In Steven Hays, Richard Kearney, and Jerrell Coggburn (Ed.), Motivating Public Service Employees in the Era of the New Normal (pp. 40).
  • Grimmelikhuijsen, S., G. Porumbescu, B. Hong, T. Im. (2013) Does culture of openness matter? A cross-national comparative experiment on the effect of transparency on trust in government. Public Administration Review, 73(4): 575-586.
  • Im, T., G. Porumbescu, and H. Lee (2013). ICT as a buffer to change: A case study of the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Dasan Call Center. Public Performance and Management Review, 36(3), 436-455.

Public Budgeting and Financial Management

Faculty are involved in a wide range of research projects on various aspects of public budgeting and financial management, including fiscal aspects of collaboration, fiscal decentralization in Thailand, and curricula for public budgeting and financial management specializations.

Recent Publications

  • Thurmaier, Kurt and David Mitchell, “(Re)Defining the Disarticulated Municipality: Budget Accountability for Networked Governance,” presented at the 2013 ABFM conference, October 3-5, 2013, Washington, DC. Under review.

Local Government Research

Recent Publications

  • Leland, Suzanne and Kurt Thurmaier, (2014) “Political and Functional Local Government Consolidation: The Challenges for Core Public Administration Values and Regional Reform,” American Review of Public Administration, 44 (4): 29s-46s.
  • Schatteman, A. (2014) “Academics Meets Action: Community Engagement Motivations, Benefits and Constraints”  Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education.
  • Schatteman, A.M. (2014) “Chapter 2: Outsourcing”, in Alternative Service Delivery, Kurt Thurmaier, ed. ICMA Press.
  • Thurmaier, Kurt, ed. Alternative Service Delivery: Readiness Check , ICMA Press (EBook), 2014

Public Management Collaboration and Network Research

This research program studies the ways in which organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors can work together to provide better public services. Public service production and delivery collaborative arrangements and networks are the focus.

Recent Publications

  • Delabbio, Daryl J. and Eric S. Zeemering. 2013. Public entrepreneurship and interlocal cooperation in county government. State and Local Government Review 45 (4): 255-267.
  • Zeemering, Eric S. 2014. Collaborative strategies for sustainable cities: Economy, environment and community in Baltimore. New York: Routledge.
  • Zeemering, Eric S. 2014. International connections for local government sustainability initiatives:  Networks linking Detroit and Windsor. Journal of Urban Affairs 36 (1): 119-140. 

Non-Profit Management Research

Recent Publications

  • Schatteman, A. (2013) “Accountability of Nonprofit Organizations: To Whom and For What?” International Review of Public Administration, 18(3): 1-6.
  • Schatteman, A.M. (2012) “Online Citizen Participation: A Case Study of Illinois Nonprofit Organizations” in The State of Citizen Participation in America, edited by Hindy Schachter and Kaifeng Yang. pp. 225-238, Information Age Publishing
  • Schatteman, A.M. (2012) “Citizen Participation Through Municipal Websites: A Global Scorecard” in Active Citizen Participation in E-Government: A Global Perspective, edited by Marc Holzer and Aroon Manoharan. IGI Global. pp. 404-416. 

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