The Administrative Leadership Culture Project (ALCP)

Type Research Project

Duration Sept. 1, 2012 - Dec. 31, 2015

  • Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
  • Institute for Organization Studies IN (Details)


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Abstract (English)

Principal Investigators: Prof. Annie Hondeghem, Prof. Montgomery Van Wart, Prof. Erwin Schwella, Country Study Austria by Isabell Egger-Peitler, Monika Knassmüller and Renate Meyer.

The success and fate of governments around the globe is not only based on the success of political leaders, but also on the top civil servants who lead the apparatus of government. Given the enormous tasks of leading society and changing the culture of government itself, the training and retraining of top civil servants is vital. This study not only provides information about the where, what, and how of the training of top civil servants around the world, but also offers up-to-date cultural, political, economic background on various countries and explores in detail the factors that result in different country perceptions of the importance of executive training, and the reasons for the variations in its quality and robustness.


Journal article

2016 Knassmüller, Monika, Veit, Sylvia. 2016. Culture matters - the training of senior civil servants in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Teaching Public Administration. 34 (2), 120-149. (Details)
2015 Knassmüller, Monika, Veit, Sylvia. 2015. Wie wichtig sind Managementkompetenzen im öffentlichen Dienst? Die Aus- und Fortbildung von Spitzenbeamten in mittel- und nordeuropäischen Ländern. WiST Wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Studium 44 (12), 679-686. (Details)

Chapter in edited volume

2014 Egger-Peitler, Isabell, Knassmüller, Monika, Meyer, Renate. 2014. Chapter 7. Austria. In: Leadership and Culture: Comparative Models of Top Civil Service Training, Hrsg. Montgomery Van Wart, Annie Hondeghem, Erwin Schwella, 121-136. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (Details)

Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium

2014 Veit, Sylvia, Knassmüller, Monika. 2014. Creating a High-Performing Senior Civil Service: Education, Experience and Training of Top Administrators in Middle and Northern European Countries. ASPA Annual Conference, Washington D,C. Vereinigte Staaten/USA, 14.03.-18.03.2014. (Details)
  Knassmüller, Monika, Veit, Sylvia. 2014. Culture matters - the training of senior civil servants in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. EGPA Annual Conference, Permanent Study Group IX: Public Administration and Training, Speyer, Deutschland, 10.09.-12.09.2014. (Details)