The objective of this special issue is to assemble research and scholarly works that contribute to the theoretical and empirical knowledge base for identifying policy and informatics programmes that will improve the performance of service organisations and enhance the well-being of communities. The specific aims of this issue are to:
- explicate an interdisciplinary focus in public affairs informatics and performance improvement research;
- establish a close collaboration and partnership with the public service sector that will enhance the development of innovative research;
- transfer knowledge developed from interdisciplinary research, pertaining to public affairs informatics and performance improvement, to evidence-based public service management and practice.
World leadership faces unparalleled challenges in the fight for effective global development. Public health issues such as HIV/AIDS and Asian Bird Flu continue to occupy concerns of medical and government professionals worldwide. As strategies are developed to prevent the spread of life-threatening diseases and viruses, leaders must understand how to adapt, communicate and protect their respective populaces.
Not only do publicly elected officials and academicians need to understand challenges that impact global development, but businesses need to understand how public health challenges impact local economics. Furthermore, it is imperative to identify mechanisms to foster the development of social capital and transformation in a turbulent world.
The integration of the principles and methodological approaches of diverse disciplines in conducting scientific studies may lead to the creation of evidence-based knowledge for improving public services and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of service organisations. This issue will bring together leading practitioners and scholars in global development to share their scholarship and strategic agenda for resolving the most urgent public policy issues of our time.
This call for papers invites scholars and researchers to address best-practice solutions for perfecting global development and cultural change, with an emphasis on the use of information technology.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- The development of theoretically informed and empirically validated models to improve performance of public service problems
- Informatics research and its application to the investigation of determinants and consequences of public services
- Interdisciplinary collaboration contributing to the theoretical and knowledge base for improving the performance of service organisations
- Implications of aging population and service transformation
- Evidence-based management and practice in public affairs
- Scientific knowledge on how to enhance equity, efficiency, quality and effectiveness of public service organisations, using evidence-based approaches and information technology applications
- The development and use of decision support systems in public affairs
Submission deadline: 31 August, 2012
Notification of acceptance: 30 November, 2012