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Public Sector Informant : PSI - October
Professor Reporting to the Dean of ANZSOG and the Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, you will provide high quality academic leadership for ANZSOG's education programs, enhance the profile of ANZSOG nationally and internationally, and contribute to and foster research excellence in collaboration with partner governments and universities. You will be the Director of the highly regarded Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA). To be considered for this role, you will have a PhD or equivalent in a field relevant to public sector management or policy and an outstanding record in research and teaching including experience in designing and directing master-level courses and executive development programs. You will have proven high-level communication, leadership, networking and management skills. You may have experience working at a senior level in public sector. Reference number: AZGppmØ91Ø Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Reporting to the Dean of ANZSOG and the Associate Professor, Public Sector Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, you will take a lead role in teaching, course design and development, and program coordination and undertake research in public sector management and policy in collaboration with the ANZSOG network. You will establish collaborative partnerships that support learning and teaching, research and service delivery with public service practitioners and academics working in the field. To be considered for this role, you will have a PhD or equivalent in a field relevant to public sector management or public policy, evidence of effective teaching and a strong record of publications and professional communications. You will have proven capacity to initiate research and supervise research students. You may have experience working in public sector. You will have the opportunity to enhance your teaching capacity and research standing through collaboration with leading academics in the ANZSOG network. Reference number: AZGlpmØ91Ø These joint appointments of ANZSOG and Monash University are for five years and based at ANZSOG's headquarters in Carlton, Melbourne. To apply, please go to www.jofisher.com.au and click on 'APPLY ONLINE' using the relevant reference number above, addressing your cover letter and resume to Ms Jandy Godfrey, or call +61 3 9016 6000 for further information. The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) was established in 2002 by a consortium of governments and universities in Australia and New Zealand to enhance the management and leadership skills of leaders in the public sector through leadership development, executive education and research. ANZSOG offers an Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA), a Senior Executive Fellows program, an intermediate Towards Strategic Leadership program and a suite of Executive Education courses. Monash University is a premier Australian university and founding member of ANZSOG. Monash academics contribute to ANZSOG programs as course leaders and teachers. For further information go to: www.anzsog.edu.au www.monash.edu.au Applications close: Wednesday 27 October 2010 Academic Leadership Public Sector Management [OCTOBER 2010] THE PUBLIC SECTOR INFORMANT 27 from the age of the mandarin H. C. ''Nugget'' Coombs, Sir John Crawford, Sir Kenneth Bailey, Sir Allen Brown, Sir Richard Randall and Sir Arthur Tange. of quality personnel for the Common- wealth. Coombs came from the Commonwealth Bank, to which he returned as a board member in 1943 and as governor in 1949. The Bank of NSW, now Westpac, was especially significant. Alfred Davidson, the general manager, had systematically developed the bank's capacities in economics since the 1930s. Under the guidance of Edward Shann, later economics professor at Western Australia, then Adelaide, an economics department was built up. Among its alumni who eventually found their way into government were Sir Arthur Tange, who also attended the Bretton Woods meet- ings; Sir James Plimsoll; Jack Cr- awford; Walter Ives; and Dr Ron Mendelsohn. Other famous names came directly to government from university. John Burton, secretary at External Affairs from 1947 to 1950, secured the first public service postgraduate scholar- ship for doctoral research at the London School of Economics. Pro- fessor L. F. Crisp joined the Labour Department on return from Oxford where he had been studying on a Rhodes scholarship. He later shifted to Postwar-Reconstruction and was director-general when the department was abolished in 1950. Economists predominated. In those days, economics had a breadth which it has largely lost in later, more specialist times. More interestingly, many of these graduates had studied Keynes's general theory firsthand, directly from proof copies of the book sent to economics professors around the British Empire. But other disci- plines were not unrepresented. There were some lawyers and even some arts graduates. From the beginning, there were differences of opinion among this new elite, in the first instance over the relative roles of tax and loans in financing the war effort. With the passage of time, and as the focus increasingly moved from fighting the war to preparing for peace, argument grew around the relative merits of government activity and intervention versus market-based methods. There were likewise contests between those for whom the primary purpose was growth and those with an eye to distribution. These battles continued for several decades and their ghosts are still present today. In institutional terms they centred around the Treasury, apostle of growth and sceptical of intervention; and the Trade Depart- ment, especially keen on government activism, particularly in its guise from 1963 as the Department of Trade and Industry. Other countries took a similar path to Australia, with certain national variations. In Whitehall, the influx of new people occasioned by the war included many women; not very long afterwards, the Attlee government removed the prohibition on perma- nent employment of women. At the administrative level, women hardly figure in the Australian story. One who did was Wilmot Debenham, wife of Jock Phillips, Coombs's successor as governor of the Reserve. Coombs wrote that Debenham ''was in many ways the mainstay of the team which devised the clothes rationing 'scale' '' for the Rationing Commission. All the dwarfs, whether the long list or the shorter more definitive list, became departmental or agency heads, and many of their generation rose to the top of the public service in succeeding decades. Their careers were unusual. Many of them only dealt with people at the top: ministers or department heads. Because of the circumstances of the war and postwar-reconstruction, they had a much broader canvass on which to work than did later generations of officialdom. It was a fascinating period of government and in society. The dwarfs and their peers give the period character, colour, personality and vitality which the story might other- wise lack. J. R. Nethercote is an adjunct professor at the Australian Catholic University's Public Policy Institute. A conference on the Seven Dwarfs and the Age of the Mandarins, organised by the ANU National Centre for Biography, will be held at Old Parliament House on November 4-5. For information or to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 6125 4146.
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