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Q. 1- How to make the IJ the best little journal on public sector innovation that it can be?

A TIMELY AND SPONTANEOUS RESPONSE FROM EACH CONTRIBUTOR WILL BE A CRUCIAL FACTOR. SINCE WE ARE NOT IN A CONSTANT AND DIRECT CONTACT WITH EACH COUNTRY, INFORMATION IN A TIMELY FASHION WILL BE OF GREAT HELP.

Q.2 - Who are the readers we are trying to attract?

a. Public sector/alternate service delivery agency managers/policy/program public servants, PIPEs (Public Interest Private >Enterprise), PINAs (Public Interest Non-profit Agencies), academics, students?
b. Local, provincial, national, international government?

MY FEELING IS THAT DECISION MAKERS OF NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WHO ARE TRYING TO SEEK MEANINGFUL IDEAS AND TOOLS TO ENHANCE INNOVATIONS IN A DAY-TO-DAY WORK. THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS OF JAPAN ISSSUES A DIRECTIVE OF NOV.14 TO CALL FOR MORE ORGANIZED ADMINISTRATIVE REFORM EFFORTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. IT REQUESTS, FOR EXAMPLE, A CONCRETE GOAL FOR STAFF REDUCTION AS WELL AS DEFICIT MANAGEMENT. THEY REALLY NEED TRULY EFFECTIVE COURSE OF ACTION BASED ON THEORY AND PRACTICE. I AM INVOLVED IN THESE EFFORTS IN MAJOR PREFECTURAL AND MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS.
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS WOULD NOT BE AS INTERESTED IN THE JOURNAL, ALTHOUGH SOME OF THEM ARE ENGAGED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT METHODS TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE POLICY. JAPAN INTERNATIONAL AND COOPERATION AGENCY(JICA) IS ALSO TRYING TO BUILD MORE EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT TOOLS FOR OVERFSEAS DEVELOPMENT AID.

Q. 3a. What should the IJ cover? - Only innovation, narrowly defined? public administration reform more generally? Local, provincial/state, national, or international?

WE CAN COVER ANY INNOVATION. BUT DO NOT EXPAND IT TO GENERAL IDEA OF MANAGEMENT. WE HAVE PLENTY OF JOURNALS AND PERIODICALS.

- Articles, speeches by professionals, academics, students, management consultants?

YES.

- How should the agenda at the beginning be organized?
- Subject areas: the learning organization, the innovation process, examples of innovation, government subject areas e.g. health, criminal justice, defence...

I MYSELF AM NOT SO MUCH INTERESTED IN DETAILS OF SPECIFIC AREAS WITH WHICH I AM NOT FAMILIAR.

- One way/interactive?

HOPEFULLY INTERACTIVE.

b. Please provide suggestions for topics

MANAGEMENT BASED ON EVALUATION WHICH IS NOW IN THE EXPERIMENTAL STAGE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN JAPAN, BUT WILL BE EXPANDED TO NATIONAL LEVEL. THE ADMINISTRATIOVE COMMISSION HEADED BY THE PRIME MINISTER ISSUED A FINAL REPORT ON DEC. 3, 1997. IT CALLED FOR THAT KIND OF MANAGEMENT AT THE CENTRAL LEVEL.

THIS WOULD RAISE A GREAT INTEREST IN BOTH CENTRAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGERS.

c. Who is interested in innovation? names, addresses, phone and fax numbers and email addresses, please, if you have them.

THE JAPAN MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION HAS A RESEARCH PROJECT WHICH WILL FACILITATE THE APPLICATION OF PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT TO MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT. I AM SERVING AS A CHAIR. THE REPORT WILL BE PUBLISHED NEXT MONTH, AND SOME LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE STARTED TO APPLY THE CONCEPT IN THEIR MANAGEMNT ACTIVITIES.

Q.4 - How do we deal with barriers: not currently peer reviewed, no intellectual property rights, no permanent record, uncertain how many years it will last.

HOW ABOUT SETTING THE LIFE FOR FIVE YEARS, FOR EXAMPLE.

Q. 5 - What would constitute success?

CONTINUED CONTRIBUTION AND INTEREST OF PARTICIPANTS

 

Updated November 02, 1998