Leadership in Times of Crisis

Nov 18, 2020 Online No Fee
Nov 18, 2020 Leadership for Managing Reforms

About the event

At this webinar, we will discuss public sector leaders' role in ensuring the continuity of operations and employee well-being in challenging environments caused by an external crisis.

In the context of crisis, scholars distinguish between technical problems and adaptive challenges. Whereas technical problems can be solved rather quickly using the existing knowledge, systems, and organizational designs, adaptive challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, require people to learn. Therefore, leaders' role is to keep people engaged and productive, despite circumstances, and promote capacity building through learning. Once people learn how to meet the adaptive pressure requirements, either internal or external, new levels of functioning can be established.

Together with our guest speakers, we will take a closer look at how organizations respond to the new environment marked by complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty and shed light on demands that require institutions to be stable yet adaptable at the same time. We will look for the foundations of resilience, leadership strategy, and inspiration through the prism of institutional values. We will also suggest coping strategies already proven successful in the past: organizational learning, collaboration and communication, risk management, and institutional and personal commitment.

The online session will be held in the discussion, where we envisage interaction and active participant engagement.

»This is a part of a Series of Online Sessions to replace CEF Coordinators Meeting 2020«. More information about the series is available on this link. The online meeting will be carried out on November 18, 2020, at 14:00 — 15:30.

Who should attend?

The online session is designed for public servants in mid-to-senior leadership positions, human resources officials, and other public employees working in organizational culture, change management, and staff engagement and well-being initiatives at ministries of finance, central banks, and other public sector institutions.

Your contributions to the event will be needed and welcomed, so please expect our preparatory questions in advance upon your confirmation of attendance.


B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of Government at the University of Pittsburgh and founding President of the International Public Policy Association. Mr. Peters holds a Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University and has honorary doctorates from four European universities. He is currently editor of the International Review of Public Policy and associate editor of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. He has served as a consultant for the UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank, OECD, and numerous national governments. His most recent books are “Policy Problems and Policy Design” (2018), “Institutional Theory in Political Science” (4th ed, 2019), “Governance, Politics and the State” (2nd ed., with Jon Pierre 2020), and “Administrative Traditions: Understanding the Roots of Contemporary Administrative Behavior” (2021).

Zoran Zeljko, Director, and Amina Mulabdić, Expert Associate, Directorate for Economic Planning - DEP, Bosnia and Herzegovina



This learning initiative was supported by:

Ministry of Finance, Slovenia BiH Directorate for Economic Planning