CFP: State-of-the-art in public management research methods


International Public Management Journals (IPMJ)

IPMJ Symposium: State-of-the-art in public management research methods

Symposium Editors:

Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen, Utrecht University (

Lars Tummers, Erasmus University Rotterdam (

Sanjay K. Pandey, Rutgers University—Newark (

Public management scholars have always been eager to borrow theories from other disciplines to enrich understanding of public management practices (Raadschelders, 2013). However, public management scholars have been lagging behind in their knowledge and utilization of methods from other fields (Gill & Meier, 2000; Lee et al., 2012; Kelman, 2005). We believe that public management research can greatly benefit from methodological innovations.

Therefore, the purpose of this symposium is to introduce a range of methods to public management scholarship that are underutilized or indeed novel to our field. We are interested in contributions that introduce new and/or innovative methods, and discuss ways in which these can improve the application and understanding of public management issues, such as performance of public organizations, their innovativeness, or ways to cut red tape. The first goal is to broaden the awareness and methodological toolkit of public management scholars. Secondly, we aim to improve the methodological plurality and rigorousness of public management scholarship.

By doing so, this symposium explicitly goes beyond the ubiquitous case study and cross-sectional survey method which has dominated the field for quite some time (Groeneveld et al., 2014; Pandey & Marlowe 2014).

Potential proposals — by no means an exhaustive list – could address the following:

  • Examples of applications of new methods and techniques from other areas of research and the way they benefit public management research
  • Practical applications of ‘neglected’ methods and techniques in public management research;
  • General overviews of the use of novel methods in public management research.

Potential new methods and techniques could include Natural Language Processing, ethnography, meta-analysis, Item-Response Theory, Bayesian statistics, random assignment, neuro-imaging, Difference in Difference models. However, we also encourage papers to describe other (qualitative and quantitative) methods and techniques (not listed above). They should be new or neglected
and potentially beneficial for public management researchers. Proposed papers may contain specific applications but should primarily focus on how these applications bring out broader lessons for the field of public management research.

All submissions will be reviewed using the journal’s regular double blind review process. Authors interested in submitting papers should submit their manuscripts by November 1, 2014.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically at


Gill, J., & Meier, K. J. (2000). Public administration research and practice: A methodological manifesto. Journal of Public Administration
Research and Theory, 10(1), 157-199.

Groeneveld, S., Tummers, L. G., Bronkhorst, B., Ashikali, T., & Van Thiel, S. (2014). Quantitative Methods in Public Administration: Their
Use and Development Through Time. International Public Management Journal, Forthcoming.

Kelman, S. (2005). Public management needs help!. Academy of Management Journal, 48(6), 967-969.

Lee, G., Benoit, B., J., & Johnson, T. P. (2012). Survey research in public administration: Assessing mainstream journals with a total
survey error framework. Public Administration Review, 72(1), 87-97.

Pandey, S.K. & Marlowe, J. 2014. Assessing Survey-Based Measurement of Personnel Red Tape With Anchoring Vignettes. Review of
Public Personnel Administration. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0734371X14531988

Raadschelders, J. C. (2013). Public administration: The interdisciplinary study of government. Oxford University Press.


Sanjay K. Pandey, Ph.D.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
School of Public Affairs and Administration
111 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102