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October 24, 2016
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Remember the Public Servants

by Professor Amy E. Smith
Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs

city hallAs Dean Cash notes in an earlier blog post, Policy Matters, public policies touch all aspects of our lives–the food we eat, the highways on which we drive, the banks from which we borrow, the education we receive, to name a few. The importance of public policy is front and center as we are on the cusp of electing the 45th President of the United States. Whomever is elected come November will have an enormous impact on our policies.

Like policy, management matters too. We must remember this.

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October 19, 2016
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5 Questions to Help Your Team Work Better Together and Resolve Conflict at Work

by Eben Weitzman
Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance

finger pointing imageMore than ever, people today work in teams. The benefits of teams seem obvious: a greater diversity of knowledge and skill; more hands to help with the lift; more perspectives; and the synergy of people working together. And yet, unresolved conflicts in teams are common, and often at the heart of baffling, frustrating organizational problems.

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October 17, 2016
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Insults and Issues: Professor Studies 2016 Presidential Candidates’ Use of Social Media

 
Reading social mediaProfessor Eunyi Kim from Incheon National University in South Korea will be a visiting scholar with the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School. Her research focuses on social media and public participation, and information and communication technology (ICT) applications in public and nonprofit organizations. Kim is currently conducting a comparative study on the relationship between social media network characteristics and political participation including individual engagement in presidential elections and citizen participation in public affairs. This year’s U.S. presidential election will be compared with the upcoming 2017 one in Korea.

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October 14, 2016
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Why Job-Promoting Policies are Needed

by Christian Weller
Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs

For years now, the policy lesson drawn from repeatedly modest employment reports has been the same. Policymakers, especially Congress, need to do more to boost economic and job growth. The Fed has done its job by keeping interest rates low and stabilizing the economy in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The next president will need to lead, and Congress needs to act on job-promoting policies.

The latest job numbers, while positive, only underscore this message.

Read more in Weller’s latest contribution to The Conversation.

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