S.N. Nyeck

I hold a Ph.D.(2013) in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles and will be joining Clarkson University this fall (2013) as a faculty. I am also a  research Fellow at the Institute for Humane Studies. My research focuses on public procurement reforms and entrepreneurship in the public sector. I am particularly interested in the history of public entrepreneurship in Africa and in the ways in which African states respond to emerging legal discourses and procurement practices promoted by the  UN, the WTO, the EU and OECD countries. My goal in creating this blog is to share knowledge, information, and expertise with researchers and civil society interested in public sector management and entrepreneurship in Africa. I wish to highlight multi methods, multidisciplinary, and comparative approaches to increasing our understanding of the complex dynamics at work in the management of the public sector.

I am also interested in thinking about  how procurement practices could attend to linkages between economic and non-economic needs of developing states. The connection between economic and non-economic needs of states broadens the scope of  public procurement to include  tangible and intangible outcomes  within society. Such a connection is necessary because it contributes to understanding  how procurement practices indirectly affect economic development and eventually become the basis of contentious politics in developing countries. Contentious politics in this area often  highlight government responsiveness toward groups and issues that have been historically absent from public and political debates. In thinking about the various dimensions of government contracting, my goal is to attend to  the missing links between law, corporate entrepreneurship, and politics in the global debate over public procurement reform.

My educational background includes Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania (B.A.,  High Honors), LaGuardia Community College in New York City  (A.A., Honors), and legal studies at the University of Yaounde II, Cameroon.

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  1. January 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I am looking forward to seeing this site once it is up and running. The work you are doing looks compelling.

  2. March 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    This is very exciting work, Sybille. I look forward to further postings here. Yours is one of the more articulate voices that reflects critical thinking on the necessary reform of public procurement.

  3. Asahngwa Constantine
    March 3, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Your area of research seems interesting. I am a PhD student of anthropology at the university of Yaounde1, Cameroon. I will be interested to be part of your research team if the need arises. Hope to see you in Yaounde, Cameroon

  4. March 3, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Sybille Nyeck, the focus on complex dynamics at work in the management of public sector is a step in the right direction. How to handle such dynamics is needed by public sector professionals. I look forward to contributing and learning more in this initiative.

  5. Dr. CA Williams
    March 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    This sounds like important topic. You are the best equipped I believe to do justice to this topic.

  6. Dr Ikeanyibe Okey Marcellus
    March 17, 2011 at 10:10 am

    The research interest is signifncant for on-going public sector reforms in most African Countries. It really deserves the effort of committed and innovative scholars like you. We are disposed to be part of this concern.

  7. Pat James
    March 28, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Looking forward to more

  8. Dr Yvette Abrahams
    April 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I thought the book review was great. It really helps me get a grip on what is interesting and topical out there.

  9. Daouda
    July 14, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Well done, I just enter to appreciate, …! Go on u’re on the right line!!!

  10. April 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    A great project Sybille! As you know “the missing links between law, corporate entrepreneurship, and politics in the global debate over public procurement reform” is also a huge problem in countries like Colombia. Have you thought about a stand of work around “digital transparency” and a way to “crowd source” the monitoring of particular projects?

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