Academic Output

The following material has been prepared and published by Dr John Howard

Refereed Conference Papers

"Governance Models and Frameworks for Smart Specialisation"' Paper presented at Regional Studies Association and European Commission Joint Research Centre, Changing Patterns of Territorial Policy: Smart Specialisation & Innovation in Europe, First SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development, 28-30 September 2016, Seville, Spain. With Todd Williams, and Associate Professor Renu Agarwal. View Paper and Presentation.

"Smart Specialisation as an Engagement Framework for Triple Helix Interactions". Paper presented at the XIV International Triple Helix Conference 25-27 September 2016, Heidelberg Germany, Triple Helix Models of Innovation: Addressing Ecosystem Challenges in the Era of Crises Regional Dimensions of Triple Helix? Clusters, Cities and Geographic Boundaries’. With Todd Williams and Associate Professor Renu Agarwal. View Paper

“Great expectations: Developing ‘instruments for engagement’ in university, business, government, and community relations”. Paper delivered at Conference on Innovation Systems and the New Role of Universities. Bristol UK, 2011. View Paper

From Transactions to Partnerships in National Innovation Systems: A Triple Helix Perspective. In Triple Helix VII. Glasgow. 2009. View Paper

"The Emerging Business of Knowledge Transfer: From Diffusion to Engagement in the Delivery of Economic Outcomes from Publicly Funded Research " In Triple Helix 5. Turin, Italy, 2004. View Paper

Book Chapters

“Engagement in an Era of Industrialisation”. In Bjarnason, S & Coldstream, P (Eds.) The idea of engagement: universities in society. London, Association of Commonwealth Universities, 2003. (With R Johnston) See Chapter

"What Is Best Practice?" In Best Practice in Eco Tourism, ed. Scott Prasser. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 2000.

"Program Evaluation: The "Bottom Line" For Management Improvement." In Program Evaluation: Decision Making in Australian Government, ed. John Uhr. Canberra: Federalism Research Centre, 1992.

"Attacking the Budget Problem." In Dynamics of Australian Public Sector Management: Selected Essays, ed. Alexander Kouzmin and Nicholas Scott. Sydney: Macmillan, 1990. Citation

"Improvements in Public Expenditure Management." InAustralian Government Administration: Essays in Review - 1984, ed. John Nethercote, Alexander Kouzmin and R L Wettenhall. Canberra: Canberra CAE, 1986.

"Public Expenditure Management: The Rhetoric of Planning and the Reality of Control," in Australian Commonwealth Administration 1984: Essays in Review. J R Nethercote, Alexander Kouzmin and Roger Wettenhall eds. Canberra: Canberra College of Advanced Education, 1986. Citation

Journal Articles

"CSIRO: Partnering for the Future". Innovation Management Policy and Practice 9, no. 2, 2007. View Article.

"Deregulation and Privatization." Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration XIII, no. 1, 1986.

"Issues in the Privatization Debate." Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration XIII, no. 3, 1986. no. 4, 1983.

"Question Time: Myth or Reality." Australian Journal of Public Administration, 1972. Access Article


*Business, Higher Education and Innovation: Institutions for Engagement in a Mode 2 Society. Thesis submitted in fulfillment of requirements for PhD. The University of Sydney, 2004. View Thesis.

*The Rhetoric and Reality of Public Expenditure management and Control. Thesis submitted in fulfillment of requirements for Master of Arts, the University of Canberra, 1983.

"Question Time: Myth or Reality". A study of the effectiveness of Question Time in Parliament for securing Executive accountability. Thesis published in Australian Journal of Public Administration - see above.



During 2017 Howard Partners is celebrating 18 years as an independent public policy research, advisory, and management consulting firm.


Howard Partners Pty Ltd, in collaboration with Technopolis Group Limited, based in the UK, is currently providing  professional advice for the development of a long term strategic plan ‘to maximise Australia’s innovation potential, positioning Australia to seize the next wave of economic prosperity and ensuring Australia’s wellbeing and economic growth in the future’.


Howard Partners recently completed an assignment to assist the  Hunter RDA to develop a regional  'smart specialization strategy' -  an integrated, place based, and transformation policy framework that will provide a basis for regional development investment.


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