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PMRA Camilla Stivers Award for Best Article in PPMG

My article “Organizational Decline and Innovation in Public Organizations: A Contextual Framework of Cutback Management” won the 2019 Camilla Stivers Award for best article in Perspectives on Public Management and Governance.

A committee chaired by Professor Gene A. Brewer with Professors Rachel Ashworth and Sharon Gilad as members reviewed all articles in PPMG 2019 on behalf of the Public Management Research Association. The committee unanimously selected the paper “Organizational Decline and Innovation in Public Organizations: A Contextual Framework of Cutback Management” (PPMG Volume 2, Issue 2, June 2019, Pages 139–154) for this award.

The committee said the following about the article:

“The committee believes this paper stands out for its timely and important contribution to public management theory and research.  As stated in the abstract, the cutback management literature currently lacks a theoretical framework that accounts for the relationship between cutback management strategies and innovation in the face of decline.  This paper fills that need by articulating a theoretically grounded framework consisting of propositions that clarify the anticipated relationships between cutback management strategies, organizational innovation, and organizational context.  As such, we believe the paper will likely stimulate future research on cutback management and ultimately improve public management practice.”

It is a great honor to receive this award. I am happy and humbled to receive this recognition from my peers of the Public Management Research Association. As we are likely to approach a new period of economic downturn and declining financial prospects for public organizations as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, I hope that my article provides a helpful framework to inform future research endeavors about cutback management, financial decline and organizational innovation. I thank PPMG’s editor, professor Kirk Emerson, for her excellent guidance in the review process, as well as the constructive and in-depth feedback provided by the three anonymous reviewers. Furthermore, I thank professor Sandra Groeneveld and professor Ken Meier for encouragement and helpful commentary during my work on this article, and I thank the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for supporting this research financially through the Vernieuwingsimpuls Veni grant.

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