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The History of the Certified Public Manager: How the Application of Management Principles Contributed to Success and Sustained Growth Over a Three Decade Organizational Journey

Author: THOMAS PATTERSON and KENNETH HENNING
Published in PAQ, Vol. 28 No. 3

This history describes the birth of the Certified Public
Manager concept, the establishment of the Society concept in Georgia,
and the transfer of the model to other states. It also details the
formation of the National Certified Public Manager Consortium as the
higher education instructional and program standards organization, and
the formation of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers
as the national association of State CPM Societies and their
professional members. In addition, Mr. Henning identifies major
management concerns as the organizational process evolved and the
strategies that were successful in their resolution.

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