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Theory and practice in dis-harmony? Toward a praxis ecosystem approach to the public administration and management discipline and profession

Osborne, Stephen; Cui, Tie; Aulton, Katharine; Macfarlane, Joanne


Stephen Osborne

Tie Cui

Katharine Aulton

Joanne Macfarlane


This paper explores the interactions between theory and practice and between discipline and profession in the public administration and management community. It argues that it is unhelpful to seek hegemony for either concept or domain in these dyads. Rather it argues for a praxis ecosystem approach that explores the interactions between these elements. It argues that tension and conflict within the praxis ecosystem is natural and to be expected – and may well drive forward both theory and practice and the discipline and profession. The key task with the ecosystem is thus to govern these tensions rather than seek to eradicate them. It ends by exploring what this approach means in practice for praxis ecosystems.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 13, 2022
Online Publication Date Jan 19, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Jul 18, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jul 18, 2022
Journal Administrative theory & praxis
Print ISSN 1084-1806
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 1
Pages 44-61
Keywords Ecosystems, practice, praxis, theory
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