TWO-PART HALF DAY ONLINE SEMINAR
With Professor Malcolm K Sparrow
Conference Date
23rd & 30th November 2021, 9:00am - 12:30pm AEDT
Location
Online
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Day 1 - Tuesday 23rd November, 2021

Day 1: Implementing Problem-Centric Work
9:00am (AEDT)
Welcome remarks & virtual learning tips
9:10
The essential nature of problem-centric work & the motivations for doing it

• Why do a problem-based project?
• Problem-solving protocols: The stages of problem-solving
• Essential disciplines. Choosing an appropriate level of rigor and granularity

10:00
Short break
10:15
Managerial infrastructure to support problemcentric work: Essential elements

• Is it really a problem-solving project? Different types of “problem”. Making “Go/No-go” decisions, and triage for other types of work
• Ethical challenges involved in portfolio management (including terminating projects with non-zero residual risk levels)
• A challenging question: “How many projects have you finished?”

11:15
Short break
11:30
How the exercise of discretion is affected. Public defence of choices

• How problem-centric work feeds into agency performance accounts. What it takes to demonstrate impact
• Implications of some “wicked categories” of harm. (Special challenges associated with tackling invisible problems, problems involving adversaries, and catastrophic risks)
• Common obstacles to implementation. How others have overcome them

12:20
Open Q&A
12:30pm (AEDT)
Day 1 closes

Day 2 - Tuesday 30th November, 2021

Day 2: Understanding Alternate Regulatory Structures
9:00am (AEDT)
Welcome remarks & virtual learning tips
9:05
How the choice of regulatory structures relates to delegating parts of the risk-management task to industry, or to third parties

• Historical and prevailing motivations for moving away from prescriptive regulation
• Strengths and weaknesses of the various models. On what basis to prefer one to another

10:00
Short break
10:15
Examining participants’ experience. Which models do you currently operate? What pressures for change do you face? What worries you?

• Implications of different structures on performance monitoring and evaluation
• How success will be described. And when failures occur under each model, who will have failed, and how?

11:15
Short break
11:30
Controlling catastrophic risks. Which models should we trust in the governance of catastrophic risks, and why?
  • Why it matters whether self-regulatory approaches (such as SMS) are seen as a replacement for prescriptive regulation, or a supplement?
12:20
Open Q&A
12:30pm (AEDT)
Day 2 closes
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Key Speakers

Professor Malcolm K Sparrow
Professor of the Practice of Public Management John F Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University