Internationaler Speyerer Qualitätswettbewerb
Information in English
The Speyer Quality Award was founded in 1992 by Prof. Dr. Hermann Hill and Prof. Dr. Helmut Klages at the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer.
University is the only postgraduate University
for public administrations in Germany. It was founded in 1947 by the French
occupying power in Rhineland-Palatinate following the example of the Ecole
nationale d’administration (ENA). The body responsible for the School
are all sixteen German States (Länder) and the Federal Government.
1st Speyer Quality Award 1992 went on from a project of the Canadian audit
office with the topic "Well performing organizations". In
addition other international quality competitions like the Malcolm
Baldridge Quality Award in the United States or the European Quality Award
were considered. From private management the guidelines like DIN EN ISO
9000 ff., from the public area the initiatives of the Kommunale
Gemeinschaftsstelle KGSt (Local Government Management Board) with regard
to the “New Steering Model” (Neuses Steuerungsmodell-NSM), the German
variant of New Public Management as well as the work of the Bertelsmann
Foundation with its international and national network of reform-oriented
local governments have been taken into account.
The federal governments from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are financially supporting the award since 2002.
is the intention of the Speyer Quality Award to support the modernisation
of public administrations. Through the exchange of views during the course
and after the competition the participating administrations are given the
opportunity to learn from each other and to orient their modernisation
efforts towards internationally acknowledged standards.
Benefits for public administrations
organisations can obtain the necessary information regarding the award in
lot of administrations, which took part in the former rounds of the
Competition, have confirmed that this procedure has the effect of a guided
organisational analysis. With this tool adequately used, public
administrations can put their own organisation under close scrutiny, for
example in project groups, and then modernise it continuously.
Benchmarking with other administrations and the exchange of views during
the congress at the end of the competition foster the achievement
principle and motivate participants for further improvement of the own
administration. This is part of an active knowledge management of public
A working group of each theme area assesses the applications and then decides, which applicant will be inspected onsite. Finally, in a meeting with the advisory board, the awards are selected.
Since 1992: Seven competition rounds
For the Speyer Quality Awards modern management and quality concepts from the private and the public area, the national and the international level are analysed continuously and worked in the current competition. The planning and realisation of the competition is therefore steadily improved. Experts from universities, public organizations and from the private sector are members of the advisory board, who oversees the award.
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