In the ever-changing world where innovation, entrepreneurial dexterity and emerging technologies have powered through nations across the globe, society is left with wicked problems to be addressed by way of policy and governance. The conundrum pivots mainly around the dynamics between public and business sectors, which can be characterized by multi-faceted and multi-layered interactions. Public administration as well as business actors are compelled to look beyond the traditional ‘one rule for all’ and ‘business as usual’ approach and move towards strategic alignment of multi-stakeholder partnerships. In line with this new view, regional co-operations are seen as a strategic endeavor amongst countries with similar proximity whereby economic, social and political alliances are nurtured.
In economic sense, the collaborations between government, business, and civil society inter- and within countries are aimed at empowering the countries’ growth through the exercise of overseen competition, synergized policy and shared market. Within this context, social and cultural aspects contribute to the amelioration of country’s engagement to develop regional business prowess. In this regards, business is benefitted from turning comparative advantage into competitive advantage. Meanwhile, governments are striving to achieve and maintain public trust, including the business sector. Innovations, however minute, are seen mandatory in order to improve citizens’ living quality. Administrative reform becomes fashionable, customized in accordance with each country’s context. Government agencies and business are regarded being in the same front with capacity to anticipate any opportunities and threats emanated from various socio-economic environments. This should come as a result of collaborative ways they practice, underpinned by mutual trust in which multi-stakeholder partnerships are formed to achieve utilitarian goals. This is particularly important for Asian countries with diverse social and cultural features which are reflected in their social life and ways of governing the country and their business.
The proceeding of the first International Conference on Administrative Science, Policy and Governance Studies (the 1st ICAS-PGS) convened in strategic cooperation with the second International Conference on Business Administration and Policy (the 2nd ICBAP) by Faculty of Administrative Science, Universitas Indonesia, October 30-31, 2017, aims at contributing to aforementioned contemporary issues. The overarching theme of the conference is “Promoting Collaborative Governance in Dynamic Public-Private-Society Relations to Ensure the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals”. It covers debates over problematic situation, theoretical frameworks, as well as prescribed policies the way that governments, businesses, and civil societies essentially need to outline strategies to realize change commitment and achieve change efficacy for purposes of maintaining their performance and business sustainability, engaging in a more dynamic predicament such as regulatory frameworks that affect multiple governance actor relations in today’s rapid change and multi-faceted business environments. The conference consists of three streams as follows:
Stream I: “Public Sector Reform, Policy, and Innovation in Changing State-Market Relations”, edited by Teguh Kurniawan and Defny Holidin;
Stream II: “Strategic Governance and Organizational Readiness towards Regional Cooperation” (A contribution from the 2nd International Conference on Business Administration and Policy – ICBAP), edited by Novita Ikasari and Fibria Indriati; and
Stream III: “Promoting Adaptable Fiscal Policy towards Sustainable Development in Dynamic Public-Private-Society Relations”, edited by Haula Rosdiana and Ning Rahayu.
The conference attracted 138 paper submissions from five different countries and various regions across Indonesia. The conference applied blind peer-review process, in which two reviewers were assigned for each paper. Upon completion of the review process, 101 papers were accepted with “revision required” status (representing around 74% acceptance rate) and thus allowed them to step forward into the subsequent revision phase. Prior to the conference, only 73 papers were successfully revised and resubmitted to the committee, but only 70 papers were presented because of the absence of three presenters. This progress, however, had not remained there. Six faculty members of the Faculty of Administrative Science, Universitas Indonesia, have been assigned to review the papers and guide authors whose papers need further revisions after the conference, especially in accordance with the guideline from the Atlantis Press as the publisher. During the process, 14 papers among them are decided by their respective authors for publication on certain scientific journals instead of this conference proceeding. Finally, under a tight schedule onwards, only 49 papers have successfully been resubmitted and approved by the editors for entering the publication of the conference proceeding with the Atlantis Press.
As the conference has provided an avenue for making great opportunities of networking and collaborating between academics, policy makers, professionals, and other interested stakeholders that would encourage further development of policy and governance, our great expectation that this conference proceeding would signify our common interests in knowledge exchange for promoting the advancement of administrative science.
We convey our gratitude to our International Advisory Board members, the Steering Committee, the Scientific Committee, the Organizing Committee, the Speakers and Participants, for giving their best to the success of the conference.
Editors of the 1st ICASPGS and the 2nd ICBAP