Asia Competitiveness Institute at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy to host official book launch ceremony, with President S R Nathan as Guest of Honour.
Professor Neo Boon Siong, Director of the Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and leading expert in business strategy, process management and organizational change, presents the official launch of his book, Dynamic Governance: Embedding Culture, Capabilities and Change in Singapore (World Scientific, 2007) on Mon, 23 July 2007. President S R Nathan, the Guest of Honour, will be giving a speech during the ceremony. Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, will give the welcome address.
Co-authored by Professor Geraldine Chen of the Nanyang Business School, Dynamic Governance is a groundbreaking work based on a two-year study of the Singapore civil service. Described in the preface as “the story behind the Singapore story,” the book addresses the complexities and challenges of government, and through it, provides a case for how the key to Singapore's success in governance is its dynamism in dealing with continuous change in the global environment and domestic circumstances. This dynamism is based on a framework of three organizational capabilities- the capacity to think ahead (to prepare for the future), to think again (on past and present practices), and to think across (domains to learn from others)- and is in turn expressed through the design, implementation and adaptation of innovative public policies.
Renowned competitiveness expert and head of Harvard Business School, Professor Michael Porter, says in his Foreword to the book: “The book provides a revealing framework for thinking about how government is able to make good decisions , carry them out, and revise them without a crisis. Singapore provides a marvelous case study with which to examine these questions. When it comes to government, Singapore often seems to defy the law of gravity. It has government organizations that are highly efficient.”
More than a work of academia, Dynamic Governance distils the lessons of Singapore’s experience and addresses how the Singapore model can be effectively applied beyond Singapore. In Prof Porter’s words, “The lessons in Dynamic Governance apply to governments anywhere. Applying the ideas in this book gives us reason to be hopeful that governments in many countries can work, and that citizens’ lives can get better.”
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