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The 21st Century Public Manager

Book Launch


Public managers across the globe are pressured to innovatively and effectively address wicked problems in a context of populist political leadership and constraining institutional environments.
As a result of rapid technological and economic developments, they increasingly operate in a VUCA world – characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.
At the same time, however, the 21st century operating environment offers unlimited opportunities for technology-supported and citizen-centric public service delivery.
The brand new textbook The 21st Century Public Manager offers strategies and action perspectives to turn challenges into opportunities.

Truly global in scope and ambition, The 21 Century Public Manager aims to inspire public managers in rethinking their roles, skills, and values.
This timely and accessible book includes real-life examples and cases from over 25 countries across the globe.
It is written for aspiring and current public managers in graduate schools and executive education programs.

The perspectives and strategies provided in the book are grounded in the latest empirical evidence, but are translated to the operating environment of the public manager.
The book looks well beyond Western settings and perspectives, and thus serves the global market of programs and schools in public management, public administration, and public policy.

Dr Zeger Van Der Wal

Assistant Dean (Research) & Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS

Dr Zeger van der Wal is Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS). He leads the school’s research, teaching, and executive education efforts in the areas of public management and leadership. Zeger has (co)authored over 80 publications in the field’s leading journals as well as books, magazines and newspapers. He is a recipient of various teaching and research awards, and manages an active executive education and consulting portfolio of over 40 assignments with clients in over 20 countries. Zeger believes his research, teaching, and consulting activities should constantly feed in to each other and be closely aligned with practitioner interests and needs. His new book The 21st Century Public Manager is published with Palgrave Macmillan:

Chair Person:

Assoc. Prof Donald Low, Associate Dean (Research and Executive Education), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS

Thursday, 06 April 2017

5:15pm - 6:30pm


Oei Tiong Ham Building,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

Seats are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Kindly register your interest in attending. Register now


There will be a book signing after the event where copies of The 21st Century Public Manager will be sold at a promotional price of S$30 (usual price S$60).

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