Monmouth University

Dr. Kathryn Kloby is an assistant professor of political science at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in public policy, research methods, and public management. Her research interests include public sector accountability, government performance measurement and reporting, and citizen participation. She has published several articles, case studies and book chapters on performance reporting, designing performance measurement systems, and strategies for aligning government decisions with citizen expectations.


Steven Kelman is the Albert J. Weatherhead II and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Public Management at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of many books and articles on the policy-making process and on improving the management of government organizations. His latest book, Unleashing Change: A Study of Organizational Change in Government, was published in June 2005 by the Brookings Institution Press.

David George Frederickson

David G. Frederickson is a Public Affairs Doctoral candidate at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), with concentrations in public finance and public management. Mr. Frederickson is a graduate of Brigham Young University (1992, B.A. in political science) and of George Mason University (1995, Master of Public Administration). Mr. Frederickson has taught courses in statistics/research methods, organizational behavior, and program evaluation.

Steven A. Cohen

Steven Cohen is Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at SIPA. He is also Director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy at SIPA and the Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education. From 2002 to 2006, he directed education programs at the Earth Institute. From 1998 to 2001, Cohen served as Vice Dean of SIPA.

Sandford Borins

Sandford Borins is a Professor of Public Management in the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, and Department of Management, University of Toronto-Scarborough. He was the founding chair of the latter and served in that capacity from 1991 to 2003. He is currently a research fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School.

Robert D. Behn

Robert D. Behn, a lecturer at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, focuses his research and teaching on the leadership challenge of improving performance in public agencies. He chairs the School’s executive-education program, “Driving Government Performance: Leadership Strategies that Produce Results.” Bob served on the staff of Massachusetts Governor Francis W.

Michael Barzelay

Michael Barzelay is Professor of Public Management and the Head of the Department of Management. He normally teaches core courses on the MPA Public Policy and Management, the MSc Public Management and Governance, and the MSc Health Economics, Policy, and Management programmes. He is also affiliated with the Department of Government and the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation, within the Department of Accounting. Professor Barzelay is widely known for his 1992 book, Breaking Through Bureaucracy: A New Vision for Managing in Government.

Mark A. Abramson

Mark A. Abramson is a Consultant to the IBM Center for The Business of Government. He served as the Executive Director of the IBM Center from July 1998 to February 2007. Mr. Abramson is co-editor of the IBM Center for the Business of Government Book Series, published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. He is also the author or editor of 13 books and has published more than 100 articles on public management. In 2005, he was appointed to the editorial board of the Public Administration Review.

Mark A. Abramson

Mark A. Abramson is a Consultant to the IBM Center for The Business of Government. He served as the Executive Director of the IBM Center from July 1998 to February 2007.

Framing a Public Management Research Agenda

The IBM Center for The Business of Government hosted a forum in November 2009 to examine the Obama Administration's themes for a high-performing government and to frame a public management research agenda.

Participants included nearly 50 of the nation's top public management researchers, scholars, and distinguished practitioners. The forum was an effort to help bridge the gap between research and practice, and to collectively develop a research agenda that would help government executives move things forward.