Co-author of a book Public Management Reform in Ukraine: Strategies, Challenges, Future (Kyiv, 2009)
There are successful states in the world. These gambling states competing between themselves: who will have be the best economic indicators of development, who will have the best medicine, education, environment, after all, the quality of life of ordinary citizens in general. What is the “model” or “formula” for their success? Scandinavian countries are the best for those who want to be a mother. The probability that the Ethiopian child will die during the first year of his life is 37 times higher than the likelihood that a Scandinavian child will die. Ethiopia, Mali, some African states are among “worst places to live”. Why these countries are not successful? What caused poverty of the people living in those countries?
Some argue that states are successful because they are rich in natural resources. Someone may assure that the opening of free markets is the key to success. Others argue that geographically small country has an advantage that brings success. But there are countries, which are not rich in natural resources, but they are successful; there are geographically large countries, but successful; there are countries belonging to the free economic space, but not successful. The calendar of Huzuls from 1935 has following entry: “There are no poor countries in the world, there are only poor people who do not know how to properly manage their lands”. This statement is the main thesis, which I try to argue and through which I try to show what can help Ukraine to get to the group of successful states.
Co-author of a book Public Management: Theory and Practice (Kyiv, 2011)
Ideal model of bureaucracy proposed by Max Weber suffered heavy criticism in the second half of the XX century. Using this model on practice shows that only by strict management hierarchy and strict adherence to the rules cannot be expected to significant improvement of efficiency of management. “Formal anonymity” of employees and focus on improving the operations of their work did not allow classical management theory to successfully solve the problem of increasing of productivity. In further development of management science a significant influence had behavioral management theory which paid great attention to the value of the human factor in management. A representative of the American School Mary Parker Follett defined management as “the art to perform the work through other people”. This definition shows us that management can increase efficiency by improving the use of human resources. According to the neoclassical theory of management the focus is a person, not organizational structure. The main goal of any manager, whether in the private sector or in public one, is with minimal resources, time and effort to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
Author of article Why Ukraine, not Switzerland?
“I’m here wondering – as you are not spending much time in Ukraine, then how can you safely live / be in Ukraine?” That was the question of Ukrainian, who is now in Switzerland. I replied jokingly: “Those Ukrainians who lived abroad and then returned to Ukraine, to some extent, live here as foreigners. And foreigners, in most cases, like staying in Ukraine!”.
“Is it enough milk and sugar for you?” to hear something like that from a waiter in Ukraine would be a miracle. The level of service in developed countries is very high. I cannot say that I do not like it when people smile and kindly communicate with me. One of the biggest bonuses of democracy is comfort that stems from respect for human dignity! Each time, while staying in the Western countries, I admire the way people relate to each other!
Why Ukrainians, who received a good Western education, return back home? And why so many foreigners like Ukraine?