The professional edge: Competencies in public service

James S. Bowman, Jonathan P. West, Evan M. Herman, Montgomery Van Wart

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The new context and character of public service - shifting values, entrepreneurship, information technology, multi-sector careers - require enhanced technical, ethical, and leadership skills. This concise and readable work describes what it means to be a consummate professional public servant. It sets standards for everyone who conducts the public’s business and links them with performance management, human resource administration, and information technology skills. The authors identify the ethical foundations of public service and how to integrate them in practice. They also address individual leadership, what it means, and how it is based on a foundation of technical and ethical skills. Filled with original illustrative examples and case studies from government, the non-profit sector, and business, The Professional Edge is an ideal supplement for any introductory course in Public Administration or Ethics in the Public Service.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Professional Edge
Subtitle of host publicationCompetencies in Public Service: Competencies in Public Service
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages168
ISBN (Electronic)9781317363477
ISBN (Print)9780765611451
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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