Public Administration

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.

Train, Not to Miss the “Train” of Development: A Critical Overview on the Role of Bangladesh Public Administration Training Center (BPATC)

‘Administration for Service of People’ was the slogan of the last reform commission in Bangladesh. But the present administration is attributed on many occasions to tortuous procedures, dinosaurous size, narrow outlook, inefficiency, red-tapism and many other negative connotations. The training institutions may act as the catalysts to uplift from this dismal situation. Bangladesh Public Administration Training Center (BPATC) as an apex training institution providing training to civil sercants in Bangladesh can play an important role for the enhancement of the capacity of the civil service. In this paper, the authors have tried to explore the gap between expectations and realities in terms of organizational effectiveness of BPATC. The statistical analysis of the data reveals that BPATC is lacking in many grounds, such as physical capabilities, quality of trainers, updated materials, following modern teaching methodologies etc. Initiatives to address these lacunas may usher higher level of effectiveness of this organization.
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