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Track 1 – Mayor as entrepreneur 

Chairmen: Jérôme DUPUIS, Robert LE DUFF, Gérald ORANGE, David HURON

As a French research program based on city management showed in the late 90’s, the role of the mayor can be analyzed as an entrepreneur. Some academic models developed at this time emphasized on entrepreneur aspects but not only: the political entrepreneurship has been associate to the mayor function. This track aims to redefine the relation between the Mayor and the entrepreneurial notion, regarding to crisis (with citizen, of confidence, political, of territorial governance, of the relation with chief executive officer…).


Track 2 –  The co-construction of public action, a lever to get out (at last!) of New Public Management? Which theoretical and methodological approaches for which results?

Chairmen: Djelloul AREZKI, Emmanuelle MOUSTIER, Raphaële PERES, Edina SOLDO

This call for contributions is part of the “COGOV” (Co Production & Co Governance), a European research project funded by Horizon 2020 programme. This research project aims at understanding modalities for the renewal of post-NPM public action at the European level. The reflection of this workshop is anchored in the theoretical approach of Public Value Management (Stocker, 2006), which assumes that public value creation is based on inclusion of stakeholders in public policy’s process. The public actor thus becomes an animator of local public action (Liddle, 2018). If this paradigm still finds its conceptual limits in terms of operationalization, the contributions to the workshop should help to provide answers to this issue.


Track 3 – The Construction of Public Management

Chairmen: Stéphanie CHATELAIN-PONROY, Benjamin BENOIT

After several decades of research on “New Public Management”, it is clear that questions about the management of activities in the public sector persist. The second edition of this track will address different issues. What are the results and assessments of these practices and processes? To what extent does research on the renewal of public management systems and devices enable progress for the research and practitioner community? Have hospitals, educational institutions, local authorities and ministries increased their efficiency and effectiveness, and are their users more satisfied? How are “new” public management procedures developed regarding their implementation, improvement and evaluation? What stakeholders are involved in devising these procedures? And many other issues that we will discover through your proposals.


Track 4 – New ways of working in the public sector

Chairmen: Yves EMERY, David GIAUQUE, François PICHAULT

The aim of this workshop is to investigate, theoretically and empirically, the “new ways of working” (NWW) phenomenon. This notion which appeared recently in the scientific literature tries to capture new work opportunities and realities. NWW include time-related practices (more flexible time arrangements), space-related practices (having the opportunity to work in different locations), as well as technology-related practices (the use of information technologies to allow employees to benefit from more flexibility and autonomy). This workshop will be an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the antecedents, success factors and impacts of such practices on well-being and performance of public employees.


Track 5 – New Forms of Public-Private Openness and Togetherness taken place at international level. Toward a managerial conceptualization

Chairman: Bachir MAZOUZ

This track aims to contribute to provide the academic proceedings and develop analytical and research grids related to opportunities and reconciliations between state, firms and non-profit organizations. Contributions will emphasize on managerial and international level approaches.


Track 6 – Entrepreneurship and African public management between administrative lethargy and managerial innovation 60 years after independence

Chairmen: Mireille BITYE-MENDOMO, Félix ZOGNING, Martial KADJI-GNASSAM, Julien BENOMAR, Geoffroy T. ALIHA

Public management is contextual and changes according to the contingences it encounters. Faced this evolutionary dynamic, Africa is experiencing a timid development and still presents a somewhat unsatisfactory public image since advent of the NPM in the years 1970-1980. If entrepreneurship is today finally recognized as a relevant data for the radiation universal public management (Osborne and Gaebler, 1993), African public management, regardless of its horizons has no choice but to integrate and to adapt to this vision, to seize new opportunities. The work envisaged in this workshop raises a certain number of concerns among others: what assessment for public management “African version”, 60 years after independence? Innovations reflect the current experience of African public organizations? What are the results and perspectives of such steps to make African public management sustainable?


Track 7 – Managing paradoxes and control

Chairmen: Aurélien RAGAIGNE, Christophe MAUREL

This workshop concerns work on the links between management control and paradox management. We would like to have presentations on the deployment of management control tools as a means of orienting employees’ behaviour and by giving priority to a paradoxical reading of the implementation of management control.


Track 8 – Entrepreneurship, a new management model for educational institutions

Chairmen: Thierry CÔME, Pierre-Charles PUPION, Gilles ROUET

The aim of this track is to explore the theme of public management in Schools, High schools and Universities. As part of the theme of the conference, we will be particularly interested on communications responding to questions as “Entrepreneurship, a new management model for educational institutions? or “Entrepreneurship, a new skill needed for managers of educational institutions”. We also accept communications concerning types of governance and strategic management of institutions.


Track 9  – Human Resource Management, Management & Change management


Within he general context of the call for papers on the topic of “Entrepreneurship, what challenges for public management? “, the specific objective of this track is to host theoretical and empirical communications on HRM practices, management and change management in public organizations contributing to missions of general interest, as well as theoretical reflections on models and concepts to shed light on their logics of action and those of their stakeholders. Theoretical and/or empirical contributions exploring the concepts of entrepreneurship – or intrapreneurship – in the context of public organizations, from the perspective of human resources management, management and change management, are particularly expected.


Track 10 – Can we renew public action through social and solidary entrepreneurship?

Chairmen: Didier CHABAUD, Philippe EYNAUD, Nathalie RAULET-CROSET

This call for papers links the issues of entrepreneurship and those of the solidarity response to societal issues. It also questions the place of cooperation between the public actor and the different types of entrepreneurs carrying solidarity action, wondering if solidarity entrepreneurship can be a carrier of a new form of collaborative public management, or may provoke the creation of new measures of public action.


Track 11 – Tourism and public governance

Chairmen: Erick LEROUX, Pierre-Charles PUPION

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together empirical and theoretical studies, according to the countries and territories, on the role of the state or communities in the development of tourism activities. This workshop will put in perspective the different territorial experiences and will try to see by comparing the studies carried out by the different researchers if it exists one or more models of tourist development. The studies can concern the question of the governance of tourism and in particular the role of local authorities and the various stakeholders. How to build a rural or mountain tourism or business tourism in a territory? What is the impact of business and leisure tourism on the environment? In particular, it will be necessary to examine how the State and other communities can create and develop with other private and public stakeholders a tourist destination. How to create a tourist destination and communicate on it? What links do public institutions have with customers and intermediaries? All contributions are welcome, if they address the theme of this issue of public management of tourism activities.


Track 12 – Finance

Chairmen: Muriel MICHEL-CLUPOT, Serge ROUOT

The aim of this track is to open up a space for dialogue between researchers interested in finance and public management. Could the emergence of an entrepreneurial culture within public organizations change finance function or even reduce financial constraints? Contributions will emphasize on conceptual, methodological or empirical approaches.


Track 13 – Health and territory

Chairmen: Jihane SEBAI, Aline LEMEUR, Fatima YATIM

Call for paper


Track 14 – New challenges for research management in the Anthropocene era

Chairmen: Nathalie ANGELÉ-HALGAND, Gulliver LUX, Akila NEDJAR-GUERRE

Issues raised by the Anthropocene era along with its global and associated complex challenges call for revisiting the ways by which we make research in order to meet the emerging increased expectations at the society level. The invention of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies requires to rethink their acceptability in order to guarantee their effectiveness by working with local decision makers issued from either the civil society, public or private sector organizations. In such a context research has increasingly been taking the form of big multidisciplinary PPPs (Public Private Partnerships) programs funded by domestic or supranational institutions. The expectations in terms of performance management have hence risen dramatically in order to monitor the progresses of the team in reference with both the announced deliverables and the actions taken in order to concretely address the issues of access to the knowledge produced and its dissemination towards the targeted populations. While these new ways of making research raise the interdisciplinary challenge the research world has been increasingly impacted by New Public Management doctrines introducing strong pressures on researchers to produce. Knowing that the easiest and quickest way to publish is to go on into one’s original disciplinary track how to make attractive the interdisciplinary ‘adventure’? How do successful institutions foster the development of such research among their staff? What shift in research assessment regulations is required to favor such a new deal? All contributions resorting to innovation studies, sustainability science, management science, information and communication science, political science, etc. and focusing on these issues will be most welcome. Various methodologies are expected including case studies or discourse analyses, policy analyses, regulation analyses, calls for proposal by supranational institutions, or analyses of performance management systems of big research programs.


Track  15 – Smart cities

Chairmen: Philippe COHARD, Andreas MUNZEL

The Smart City is a concept and a reality currently under construction in the literature and spreads across various scientific disciplines. While an important amount of studies focus on the systematic applications and pervasive penetration of information and communication technologies in the city, a recent line of research puts the citizen and human in the focus and discusses social and societal challenges of developed and deployed smart city initiatives. For this present track on smart cities, we invite all type of papers (conceptual, empirical) that discuss smart cities from various angles including social and technological challenges in multiple disciplines.



Track 16 – Civil protection and defence

Chairmen: Sophie CROS , Bruno TIBERGHIEN

This workshop will provide a better understanding of the challenges of civil security and defense in our territories. The objective is twofold: the study of the adaptability of security in our territories, whose borders and limits are constantly being redefined, in a context of international hypermobility of individuals; and the study of the adaptation of these territories to security needs.


Track 17 – Management of health organizations and healthcare pathway

Chairmen: Ariel EGGRICKX, Nathalie COMMEIRAS, Irène GEORGESCU

The growing of chronic diseases involves new challenges in health management. These chronic diseases require a comprehensive and transversal care support of patients via healthcare pathways, which mean a better articulation of the health pathway upstream with primary and social prevention, and downstream with medical-social and social support, home care and return home services. This track calls for papers on this issue. 

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