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Training top civil servants in turbulent environments: An ongoing struggle for curriculum

Alexis A. Halley (U.S. Federal Executive Institute)

International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior

ISSN: 1093-4537

Article publication date: 1 March 2015

Abstract

This article provides a historical literature review and exploratory descriptive case study of one U.S. Federal agencyʼs efforts to design an appropriate government-wide leadership development curriculum for incumbent top or senior civil servants. The U.S. Federal Executive Institute was founded in 1968, it spans the 20th and 21st centuries, it illustrates changes in the compact that exists between government and its top civil servants over time, and it illustrates challenges this agency confronts addressing the task of interagency leadership development. The main findings are three continuities and three discontinuities between curriculum development then and now. Conclusions outline issues for future interdisciplinary research to inform the intellectual roots for 21st century curricula aligned to emerging roles and the challenges top career executives actually confront.

Citation

Halley, A.A. (2015), "Training top civil servants in turbulent environments: An ongoing struggle for curriculum", International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 47-74. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOTB-18-01-2015-B004

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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