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An Obligation to Future Generations

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 - 14:51
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Blog Author: Sreeram Visvanathan, Global Managing Director, Government, IBM Change is everywhere. Every industry, including government, is facing digital disruption. The public expects the agility and efficiency found in the private sector while government must appeal to new workers with skills to meet these requirements. Advances in technology have accelerated the need for change in how governments operate.  

Evolution of Performance Management in Government

Thursday, January 18th, 2018 - 13:56
First, as argued in an earlier column, there is a big difference between comprehensive, whole-of-government approaches (budgeting, performance budgeting, outcome-budgeting and performance agreements) and partial approaches to performance improvement (ISO 9000, Lean Sigma, etc.). Partial approaches are akin to arranging chairs on the deck of Titanic. In a dysfunctional system, looking for pockets of excellence is a futile exercise.

The Business of Government Magazine - A Special Edition of The Business of Government Hour

Monday, January 15th, 2018 - 15:27
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Join us for a Special Edition of The Business of Government Magazine – A Year in Review with host Michael Keegan as he explores key trends in government management and highlights insights from a host of government executives who are changing the way government does business.
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Join us for a Special Edition of The Business of Government Magazine – A Year in Review with host Michael Keegan as he explores key trends in government management and highlights insights from a host of government executives who are changing the way government does business.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Transform Government

Monday, January 8th, 2018 - 19:00
In hindsight, it is easy to identify Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone in the 1870s as an instrument of marvel, eventually connecting people worldwide. And of course, there is the internet, which, although it burst into the public realm less than 30 years ago, is a technology and service that few can envision living without, whether we understood that in the 1990s or not.

Announcing the Center’s Newest Research Report Topics

Thursday, December 14th, 2017 - 11:18
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We are pleased to announce our latest round of awards for new reports on key public sector challenges, which respond to priorities identified in the Center's research agenda (for more detail on these priorities, see “Seven Drivers Transforming Government”). Our content is intended to stimulate and accelerate the production of practical research that benefits government leaders and managers.

How to Prevent Soft-targeting in Government Performance Management Systems

Monday, December 11th, 2017 - 15:05
It is, therefore, hardly surprising that the preference for “soft-targets” is a near universal phenomenon. Anyone designing a government performance management system (GPMS) must assume we humans have a preference for soft targets. Given this seemingly reasonable assumption about human behavior, the key to designing an effective GPMS lies in creating protocols that tend to create incentives for those covered by the GPMS in such a way that the pursuit of one’s own ‘self-interest’ promotes the desired ‘public interest.’ I have found following design elements to be helpful in this regard.

Drivers Transforming Government: People

Thursday, December 7th, 2017 - 13:54
Note:  The IBM Center recently released Seven Drivers Transforming Government, a series of essays exploring key drivers of change in government. It is based on our research and numerous insights shared by current and former government officials.  This blog is the fifth in a series of excerpts from each of the seven essays.

Leadership in Action: Fall 2017 The Business of Government Magazine

Thursday, November 16th, 2017 - 14:12
This edition of The Business of Government magazine provides a glimpse into the many different missions and programs of the U.S. federal government. It does so from the perspective of the mission leader, offering a snapshot-in-time discussion around challenges faced, innovations pursued, and initiatives yet to yield their desired outcomes. These are leadership stories that introduce you to those on the front line charged with delivering the business of government.

Leveraging Commercial Innovation to Drive Government Shared Services

Thursday, November 16th, 2017 - 10:47
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Blog Co-Author: Jesse Samberg, Shared Services Fellow, IBM Center for The Business of Government.

How to Design Effective Team Targets in Government

Monday, November 13th, 2017 - 12:17
The Challenge Government is famously a team sport. Almost everything (really) important we do in government requires effective teams. Whether it is reducing child mortality, disaster management, fighting opioid crisis or stopping money laundering. The list is indeed long and familiar.