“The theory of public value – a critical assessment” was the title of a lecture delivered by Tim O’Loughlin, Professor of the Practice (Public Policy) to Australia Award holders in Jakarta on 22 March 2017.
The talk covered the theory of public value developed by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Students were given some insights into why strategic planning presents greater challenges for public sector managers than for their counterparts in the private sector. An important part of public value theory is that public managers need to search new opportunities for adding value without first being provided with mandates by their political masters. This aspect has drawn great controversy with some critics labelling it unrealistic. A lively discussion took place on the applicability of this theory to Indonesian conditions.
“It was great to speak to such an engaged group of professionals about to embark on their Australian studies. Management is hard in any setting and I hope I gave them some insights into the special challenges of public sector management,” - Professor O'Loughlin.