A new report from the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) has found “plenty of room” for improvement in the performance of Public Service managers compared to their private sector and international counterparts.
finds PS below par
National President of AIM, Brian Nye said the 2013 Australian Management Capability Index showed how Australian managers performed in 10 key areas.
“Government managers scored 61.1 out of 100 for management capabilities, lower than the national average of 70.3,” Mr Nye said.
“Executives working in health, education, insurance, finance and professional services rated higher.
“There seems to be plenty of room for public service managers to improve.”
He said that last November, 461 chief executives and senior executives completed the Management Capability Index (MCI) which also rated managers in India, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.
He said the Australian MCI captured management capability in critical areas such as performance leadership, applying technology and building external relationships.
“Government managers rated very well in regulatory areas like financial management, integrity and corporate governance,” Mr Nye said.
“They also did well for networking, relationships with customers and suppliers and building a positive image for their agencies.
“But they fall below the national average when it comes to leading people and understanding and exploiting technology and knowledge.”
He said all departments could use the Index to benchmark the performance of their managers and pinpoint specific areas to work on while agencies with an international focus could use it to compare their performance of their Asia-Pacific counterparts.
“This year AIM has built on the inaugural AMCI to provide its first in-depth industry profile,” he said.
“We intend to profile one or more industries in future reports.”
The full report can be accessed at this PS News link.
Edition 352, 12 March 2013