The Professional Edge: Competencies in Public Service / Edition 1

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Overview

The authors of The Professional Edge contend that the new context and character of public service -- shifting values, entrepreneurship, information technology, multisector careers -- require enhanced technical, ethical, and leadership competencies. The public servants of today must be consummate professionals steeped in technical and ethical competencies necessary to conduct the public's business. This book describes what it means to be a consummate professional public servant. It identifies the technical competencies needed and links those with performance management, human resource administration, and information technology skills. It also identifies the ethical foundations of public service and how to integrate them in practice. The Professional Edge concludes with a focus on individual leadership, what it means and how it is based on a foundation of ethical and technical skills. This readable volume is filled with exhibits and examples from government, the nonprofit sector, and business. The Professional Edge is an ideal supplement for any introductory course in Public Administration or Ethics in the Public Sector.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765611468
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Exhibits ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
1. Public Service Today: Complex, Contradictory, Competitive 3
2. The Technical Professional: Developing Expertise 34
3. The Ethical Professional: Cultivating Scruples 60
4. The Consummate Professional: Creating Leadership 87
5. The Future of Public Service: Cases and Commentary for the New Millennium 116
References 135
About the Authors 145
Index 147
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