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Zeger van der Wal

Associate Professor

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Faculty: Expert contributors


Areas of expertise

  • Innovation
  • Performance management
  • Public leadership
  • Public management
  • Reform/change management

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Dr Zeger van der Wal is a Dutchman living and working in Asia. He travels the world comparing systems and cultures of governance, both as a scholar and global citizen. He is a widely recognised speaker, researcher, and consultant in public leadership, specialising in ethics and good governance, stakeholder analysis, and strategic HRM. He has won several research and teaching awards, including the 2014 Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Teaching Excellence Award and the 2015 National University of Singapore Teaching Excellence Award. He is also co-curator of the Future of Government initiative of the World Economic Forum.

His highly acclaimed book The 21st Century Public Manager was published in April 2017. It has received positive accolades in newspapers, magazines, and top journals in the field, from the US to India, to Korea, Russia, Australia, China, and the Netherlands, and has been translated in Arabic, Chinese and Mongolian. The book is used across the globe in leadership development programs and administrative reforms.

In recent years, he has developed an active portfolio of over 70 executive education and consulting assignments on a variety of public management issues. Clients include: United Nations Development Program, World Economic Forum, Toyota Asia-Pacific, VISA, Central Bank of the Philippines (BSP), Executive Council of the Dubai Government, Civil Service Development Institute Taiwan, Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy, Home Team Academy Singapore, Ministry of Transport Singapore, Monetary Authority Singapore, Indian Economic Service, Indian Revenue Service, Hungary National Bank, Indonesian Auditor’s Office, Indian Revenue Service, Civil Service College Singapore, ANZSOG, LSE Enterprise, SITRA, Ministry of Home Affairs, The Netherlands, GIZ, and the Public Service Commission of Sri Lanka. From 2015 onwards, he was Associate Trainer with the Civil Service College Singapore.

ANZSOG programs

A/Prof van der Wal teaches in the following ANZSOG courses:

Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)- Delivering Public Value

Selected publications

Van der Wal, Z. (2017). The 21st Century Public Manager. London: MacMillan Education.

Lawton, A., Van der Wal, Z. & Huberts, L. (Eds.) (2016). Ethics in Public Policy and Management. A Global Research Companion. London: Routledge.

Van der Wal, Z. (2016). Small Countries, Big Performers. In search of shared strategic Public Sector HRM Strategies in Successful Small Countries. International Journal of Public Administration, early online. DOI:10.1080/ 01900692.2015.1122038.

Van der Wal, Z. (2016). Public Values Research in the 21st Century. Where we are, where we haven’t been, and where we should go. International Journal of Public Administration, 39(1): 1-5.

Van der Wal, Z., Graycar, A. & Kelly, K. (2016). See no Evil, Hear no Evil? Assessing Corruption Risk Perceptions and Strategies of Victorian Public Bodies. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 75(1): 3-17.

Van der Wal, Z. (2015). Future Business and Government Leaders of Asia. How do They Differ and What Makes Them Tick? Journal of Business Ethics, early online. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-015-2783-1.

Van Steden, R., Van der Wal, Z. & Lasthuizen, K. (2015). Overlapping Values, Mutual Prejudices. Empirical research into the ethos of police officers and private security guards. Administration & Society, 47(3): 220-243.

Van der Wal, Z. (2015). “All Quiet on the Non-Western Front?” A Systematic Review of Public Service Motivation Scholarship in Non-Western Contexts. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 37(2): 69-86.

Van der Wal, Z. & Yang, L. (2015). Confucius meets Weber or “Managerialism takes all”? Comparing Civil Servant Values in China and the Netherlands. International Public Management Journal, 18(3): 411-436.

Van der Wal, Z., Nabatchi, T & de Graaf, G. (2015). From Galaxy to Universe? A Cross-Disciplinary Review and Analysis of Public Values Publications from 1969 to 2012. American Review of Public Administration, 45(1): 13-28.

Van der Wal, Z. (2014). Elite Ethics. Comparing Public Values Prioritization between Administrative Elites and Political Elites. International Journal of Public Administration, 37(14): 1030-1043.

Yang, L. & Van der Wal, Z. (2014). Rule of Morality vs. Rule of Law? An Exploratory Survey Study of Civil Servant Values in China and the Netherlands. Public Integrity, 16(2): 187-206.

Perry, J.L., De Graaf, G., Van der Wal, Z. & Van Montfort, C. (2014). Returning to our Roots: “Good Government” evolves to “Good Governance”. Public Administration Review, 74 (1): 27-28.

Van der Wal, Z. (2013). Mandarins vs. Machiavellians? On Differences Between Work Motivations of Political and Administrative Elites. Public Administration Review, 73(5): 749-759.

Van der Wal, Z. & Oosterbaan, A. (2013). Government or Business? Identifying determinants of MPA and MBA students’ career preferences. Public Personnel Management, 42(2): 239-258.