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Quality of Governance: A Paradigm for Comparative Public Administration

In an age of globalization, there is an added importance for the study of comparative public administration. Analyzing the complexities of comparative public administration, this study proposes a paradigm that can be applied across the world. The study offers a paradigm of comparative public administration based on the quality of governance. The availability of quantitative data applicable for both the Western and non-Western world contributes significantly to comparative public administration eliminating the problem of parochialism of earlier theories.

Public Administration Reform Research: A Perspective on Methodological Challenges

Addressing the methodological issues is a thorny concern in public administration reform research. As a contribution to academic debate, this paper exhibits methodological challenges based on academic research experience thus an attempt is undertaken to highlight the methodological issues in the study of public administration reform in developing countries and recommend ethnography for future research in administrative science. Methodological challenges are varied. They include limited coverage of bibliography, confusion over and careless use of conceptual terms, diversity in the focus of studies, difficulty in recognizing historical inconsistency, problems of authenticity and integrity of research data, intrinsic value of focus group discussion, and appropriate research interviewees. The very nature of practicality of the discipline of public administration administrative reform necessitates a distinct way of study that identifies the real challenges and find out appropriate and concrete solutions. Thus, valid findings of research on the phenomena comes out. Hence, specific academic effort is the need of the hour to arrive at an appropriately useful methodological framework in the study of administrative reform.

Human Resource Development Practices: Empirical Evidences from Sahid Gangalal National Heart Center

Human resource development (HRD) is the process of increasing knowledge, skills and capacities of employees. It is concerned with preparing the employees to work effectively and efficiently in the organization. It is a complementary approach to other development strategies, particularly employment and reduction of inequalities. It also considers HRD as synonymous to human development, which encompasses education, training, health, nutrition, and fertility reduction. It ensures that organizations have adequate human resources with capabilities needed for achieving goals. This article has tried to explore the practices and relation between HRD and performance of Shahid Gangalal National Heart Center.

Working Environment for Female Employees in Bangladesh Corporate Sector Organizations: An Exploratory Study

The participation of women in employment has been increasing gradually in Bangladesh despite challenges and constraints due to the lack of congenial working environment. The issue of working environment is more significant when women are concerned. The objective of this study is to explore the work environment for the female employees at corporate sector organizations (CSOs) in the purview of three major areas- physical, human and policy initiatives- to identify the difficulties and challenges women are facing; to find out the reasons and to recommend appropriate actions to address the problems. The scope of this study is limited to the everyday experiences of female officials in three national and international CSOs. The study found some cases of discrimination, incidences of sexual harassment and identified a few challenging facts for female employees. This paper has also incorporated some recommendations provided by respondents to promote women-friendly working environment in their workplace.

Land Acquisition in Singur for Industrialization: SEZ, Politics and Economic Intricacy

This paper discusses the issues of land acquisition in changing politico-economic scenario of West Bengal. Here, the land acquisition criteria chosen are due to the peculiar political set up and economic necessities. Also, the chosen criteria are the causes of political turbulence in the state and socio-economic instability in the affected societies. The discussion reveals that though land acquisition is a part and parcel of the industrial and economic development of a region; non-judicious selection of site, method of acquisition etc. may create socio-economic imbalance and hit the aspirations of a section of the population, which ultimately creates conflict and the end result is socio-political disorder.
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Does Access to Information Facilitate Empowerment of Citizens? Answer Lies Within - A Recent Example of Bangladesh

This particular paper investigates how access to information empowers people. Using the example of Union Information and Service Centre (UISC) the paper argues that better accessibility to information can have a major influence in empowering citizens in Bangladesh since there is a correlation between information access and empowerment. The paper also argues that access to information increases people’s ability to make their own choices, which validates Kabeer’s proposition on empowerment. Thus, it can be claimed that UISC can be a model to other developing countries, and similar findings can strengthen its application and generalization as an independent theory.