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Leadership and Management Faculty Lead Workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Europe

August 4, 2016

Three Humphrey School of Public Affairs faculty members presented their work on nonprofit leadership and management at conferences in several countries this summer.

Professor John Bryson and Associate Professor Barbara Crosby were in Australia and New Zealand from mid-May through mid-June. They were visiting scholars at the Australia-New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), a collaboration of the Australian states and national government, the New Zealand national government, and 18 universities. The school offers executive education to public and nonprofit leaders, managers, and staff.

Bryson and Crosby presented in Wellington, Sydney, and Melbourne. Together they offered workshops on strategic planning, gave talks to large audiences on how to discover collaborative advantage, and facilitated a major workshop on how to improve the relationships between governments and nonprofits. In addition, Bryson provided advice to church leaders in New Zealand on strategic planning, and Crosby presented in New Zealand and Australia on her just-published book, Teaching Leadership (Routledge, 2016).

On to Europe

The two then traveled to Europe for conferences in Spain and Denmark. 

Bryson presented a coauthored paper on "Discovering Collaborative Advantage" at an invitation-only conference on Goal-Directed Networks in Barcelona, Spain, June 19-21. The conference was
co-sponsored by ESADE, an internationally prominent Barcelona-based business school (Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas), and the Department of Organization Studies at the Dutch University of Tilberg.

Bryson and Crosby were joined by Professor Melissa Stone at the Public Management Research Association conference at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark, June 22-24. Together they presented two papers—also coauthored with Steve Page at the University of Washington. One was on "Managing Persistent Tensions: Practicing Ambidexterity in Cross-sector Collaborations," and the other was on "Coping with Value Conflicts in Inter-Organizational Collaborations." The Humphrey School co-sponsored the opening reception at the conference. 

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