Call for Papers: IRSPM 2020 Conference

September 19th, 2019 •

Call for abstracts and authors’ guidelines

On behalf of the Scientific and Local Organising Committee for the 24th Annual IRSPM Conference, which is being held at Tampere University, Finland, from 22–24 April 2020, we cordially invite you to submit abstract proposals. The conference theme for 2020 is 'Smart public services?'

We particularly welcome abstracts on this theme – but there are also a range of other panels that cover issues of importance to the public management and public administration research communities.  There is also an open panel for papers that do not fit into one of the existing panels. The list and description of conference panels can be accessed below.  The IRSPM 2020 conference features around 45 panels, grouped as follows.

  • Specific research areas proposed by panel chairs related to the conference theme (Conference panels)
  • Special interest groups (SIG)
  • PMRA (Public management research association panel)
  • New researcher panel
  • Open panel

 Find the IRSPM 2020 panels here:

 Submission of abstracts 

 Call for abstracts open 18 September – 08 November 2019

 If you have any following queries, please do not hesitate to contact:

  • General academic matters concerning IRSPM 2020:
  • Queries concerning panels: the panel chairs, corresponding chairs’ contact emails are found local IRSPM website
  • Queries concerning conference registration, the conference venue, accommodation and travels:
  • Queries concerning Ex Ordo:

Kind regards,

On behalf of the Organising and Scientific Committees 

Conference Chair: Jari Stenvall

Local Organising Committee: Jari Stenvall & Päivikki Kuoppakangas


Guide for authors

Please read the panel descriptions before submitting your abstract to Ex Ordo system. Choose the panel into which your proposal best fits.  Each abstract will be considered for only one panel. Please select the Open panel only if your abstract is not an obvious fit for another panel or special interest group.  New researchers (doctoral students and researchers in the first three years of their academic careers) are strongly encouraged and invited to submit to any of the panels or special interest groups.  However, the sessions dedicated to New researchers provide opportunities for extensive constructive commentary and discussion on their work with distinguished international faculty.


A Best new researcher paper prize is awarded every year to an early career researcher. In addition, the Best paper of the conference is awarded every year. We will also be awarding the Rosemary O’Leary prize for scholarship on women in public administration for the second time at IRSPM 2020.


The submitted abstract should be maximum 500 words (including references) and must be in English.  It should briefly identify:


  • The relevance of the paper to the topic
  • The significance of the research – why it is distinctive and its contribution to the field
  • The research question(s) and method – the theoretical/conceptual foundations for the research, and
  • The results to be reported.


Please do not email abstracts directly to the panel chair/s.   All abstracts are submitted via Ex Ordo. Submissions can only have one presenting author. The number of accepted abstracts per person is limited to three (one of which should be multi-authored) and one person is expected to give only one presentation at the conference.  Please note you cannot be affiliated to more than three submitted abstracts.


To submit an abstract please visit login and follow the instructions. Abstract submission is now open and the deadline is 8th of November 2019.  Authors will be notified of the outcome by 6th of December 2019.


Other information:

Please note that in order to have your paper confirmed in the proceedings you must register for the conference.  You must be available for the whole duration of the conference.  Papers will be scheduled between 1330 on Wednesday 22 April and 1800 on Friday 24 April (end at 1800). In the call for abstracts you will be asked to provide a phone number.  This is so that the panel chairs can contact you during the conference in case of changes or any other issues.


Key dates 

18 September – 08 November 2019 Call for abstracts open

06 December 2019                 Notification of paper proposal decisions

28 November 2019 – 24 February 2020        Early bird registration open

25 March 2020                        Registration closes, papers due

22– 24 April 2020                    IRSPM 2020 Conference


IRSPM 2020 Local Scientific Committee:

Chair: Prof Jari Stenvall, Tampere University

Prof Ricardo Gomes, São Paulo’s School of Business Administration – Fundação Getulio Vargas

Prof Arto Haveri, Tampere University

Prof Jan-Erik Johansson, Tampere University

Prof Kirsi-Mari Kallio, University of Turku

Visiting Prof Tony Kinder, Tampere University

Dr. Päivikki Kuoppakangas, Tampere University

Dr. Ilpo Laitinen, City of Helsinki

Prof Stephen Osborne, University of Edinburgh

Prof Samuli Pekkola, Tampere University

Prof Elias Pekkola, Tampere University

Prof Tiina Randma-Liiv, Tallin University

Prof Pari-Heikki Rannisto, Tampere University

Prof Markku Sotarauta, Tampere University

Dr. Kati Suomi, University of Turku

Prof Jarmo Vakkuri, Tampere University

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Call for Panels: IRSPM Annual Conference in Finland

June 23rd, 2019 •

On behalf of the Scientific and Local Organising Committee for the 24th Annual IRSPM Conference, which is being held at Tampere University, Finland from 22-24 April 2020, we cordially invite you to submit proposals on conference panels. The conference theme for 2020 is ‘Smart public services?’

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2018 AGM Meeting Minutes

April 2nd, 2019 •

Friday, 13th April 2018 (12.30 – 13.00)
McEwan Hall - Foyer 5

Attendance list: see attached file.

1. Minutes

Minutes from the 2017 AGM are distributed and unanimously approved. They will be put on the website after approval.

2. President’s items

3. Announcements

SIGs. The board approved a new SIG of Public Sector Human Resource Management, the renewal of the Accounting and Accountability SIG, as well as the Public Service Motivation SIG report.

4. Constitutional Amendments
The following amendments (in italic) to the Constitution were proposed and put to a vote:

Article 1: Legal Status and Seat
1.1 The International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM)
IRSPM will consist of public management and policy implementation scholars and researchers from different countries. This organization will have the status of a non-profit society (‘Verein’) under the laws of Switzerland. IRSPM has its legal seat at Schanzeneckstrasse 1, 3001 Bern, Switzerland, as has been agreed on by means of a memorandum of understanding with the ‘the Kompetenzzentrum für Public Management’ at the Bern University.

Justification: identifying a legal seat in Switzerland is the condition to keep IRSPM under Swiss regulation and hence keep the IRSPM bank account in Switzerland.

Approved unanimously.

Add to article 7 the following
“7.12. At the AGM specific issues can be proposed for decision by electronic ballot of IRSPM members to take place before the next AGM.”

Justification: this allows the AGM to decide on a specific issue before the following AGM. However, an electronic ballot can only take place on the issue specifically identified at the AGM.

Approved with 1 abstention, none opposing.

5. Conference Manager’s report
The conference manager presents his report, discussing conference policies around budget, ex-ordo system, early-bird registration fee, gender, priority given to SIGs, continuation of members’ survey. The length of the conference is discussed (ie, whether the last day should remain a full or a half day), and the usefulness of making the programme available earlier, as well as the usefulness of making the programme of a single individual visible are discussed. Possible future seats of the conference in 2020 and following years are discussed.

6. Treasurer’s report
The Treasurer presents the results for the closing FY and the outcomes of the work of the spending committee. In the light of such work, the ideas are advanced to allocate 10,000 euros to support attendance from developing countries in 2019, while creating an endowment account to manage the cumulated surplus. To ensure that IRSPM members can vote once more information is available on these two issues, a proposal is put forward for an electronic ballot to take place before the next AGM re the decisions on the grant system and the endowment account.

The proposal is approved unanimously.

7. Elections
The President presents the results of the electronic vote for 2018. The results are as follows.

President - Jenny Lewis
VP Latin America - Ricardo Gomes
At Large members –
Christine Flynn
Deborah Blackman
Madeline Powell
VP Eastern Europe Gyorgy Hanal
Election Secretary Mariafrancesca Sicilia

A proposal is advanced for an electronic ballot to take place before the next AGM re constitutional amendments related to IRSPM board elections. The proposal is approved with one member opposing and no abstentions.

Suggestions are advanced to break the links between membership/attendance to conference and to look at when the board members start their roles, to ensure better hand-over.

8. AOB

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Erik Hans Klijn Honored

March 20th, 2019 •

Erik Hans Klijn, the immediate past president of IRSPM, has been recognised by the University of Ghent for his extraordinary contribution to scholarship on network management over 30 years. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in a ceremony held last week.  To see a short video on his scholarly work (in Dutch but has English subtitles), featuring our current IRSPM conference manager, Joris Voets, click here. Hearty congratulations to Erik Hans Klijn for this great honor! 

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Wellington Conference Fee Waiver Scheme for Attendees from Developing Countries

January 22nd, 2019 •

IRSPM is committed to offering a limited number of sponsored places at our annual conference to enhance the ability of people who are currently working at institutions in developing countries to be able to attend. These will cover the conference registration fee in full, though recipients will be responsible for their own subsistence, travel and accommodation in relation to the conference.

These sponsored places are only available to conference participants who have already had a paper accepted for one of the conference panels. This is a necessary condition.

Beyond this necessary condition, applications will be considered by a small committee. This will be chaired by the IRSPM conference coordinator and will comprise 1 member of the local (host-site) conference scientific committee and 1 member of the IRSPM executive board.

If you are currently working at an institution in a developing country and would like to apply for this scheme, please send an email to Prof Joris Voets by 8 February 2019, 24:00 Central European Time.

The email should briefly address each of the 3 criteria below. Decisions will be made and communicated to applicants by 15 February 2019.

This committee will weigh all applications against 3 criteria before deciding upon offers of sponsored places. These criteria are:

  • That the applicant’s current (at the time of applying) institutional affiliation is in a developing country that is under-represented at the conference,
  • That the applicant’s participation addresses a regional imbalance in the participants at the conference, and
  • That the paper is one that addresses an important topic for the conference (e.g. a key topic of significance for public management theory or one that is novel or under-researched, or a novel or innovative methodological approach).

The committee will balance these criteria in their deliberations and will act as a decision-making forum in its own right. The decisions of this committee will be final.

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