Debate: Should public management research be more interdisciplinary?

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Recently, Nature (Van Noorden, 2015) published an analysis in which various research areas and sub-areas were compared with respect to their interdisciplinarity. Public administration, together with political science, did not score well in comparison with other social sciences. <...> <Read the full article on: > <...> Moving forward: Clearly a more interdisciplinary approach would help to increase the relevance of public management research. I have three recommendations for discussion: •Research funds should be allocated according to a proposal’s likelihood of solving contemporary problems, rather than by the expected theoretical contribution within a single discipline. •Career incentives and rewards in academia should not be limited to collaborations and publications within a group of closely related disciplines. •Ranking of social science journals should not be as dependent as at present on speed of citations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76 - 78
JournalPublic Money and Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 505027 Administrative studies
  • 211903 Science of management
  • 502023 NPO research
  • 509
  • 506002 E-government
  • 605005 Audience research


  • debate
  • interdisciplinar
  • public
  • public adminstration
  • public management
  • science

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