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Steve Kelman is the Weatherhead Professor of Public Management
at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. A
summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, with a Ph.D.
in government from Harvard University, he is the author of many
books and articles on the policymaking process and on improving the
management of government organizations. His latest book,
Change: A Study of Organizational Change in Government,
was published in 2005 by the Brookings
Institution Press. His other books include a study
on how to improve the government computer procurement process,
entitled Procurement and Public Management: The Fear of
Discretion and the Quality of Government Performance (AEI
Press, 1990), and Making Public Policy: A Hopeful View of
American Government (Basic Books, 1987). In 1996 he was
elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
In 2001, he received the Herbert Roback Memorial Award, the highest
achievement award of the National Contract Management Association.
In 2003 he was elected as a Director of The Procurement Roundtable.
In 2010 the American Political Science Association
awarded him the Gaus Prize, which honors a lifetime of achievement
in public administration scholarship.He
currently serves as editor of the InternationalPublic Management
Journal, and he writes a regular column for Federal
Computer Week and a blog, The
From 1993 through 1997, Dr. Kelman served as Administrator of
the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of
Management and Budget. During his tenure as Administrator, he
played a lead role in the Administration's reinventing government
effort. He led Administration efforts in support of the Federal
Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 and the Federal Acquisition
Reform Act of 1995.
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For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the Harvard Kennedy School Research Report Online.
Selected Publication Citations:
- Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
Kelman, Steven, and Jeff Meyers. "Successfully Achieving Ambitious
Goals in Government: An Empirical Analysis." American Review of
Public Administration 41.3 (March 2011): 235-262.
Kelman, Steven, and John N. Friedman. "Performance Improvement and
Performance Dysfunction: An Empirical Examination of Distortionary
Impacts of the Emergency Room Wait-Time Target in the English
National Health Service." Journal of Public Administration
Research and Theory 19.4 (October 2009): 917-947.
Kelman, Steven. "Improving Service Delivery Performance in the
United Kingdom: Organization Theory Perspectives on Central
Intervention Strategies." Journal of Comparative Policy
Analysis 8.4 (December 2006): 393-419.
Kelman, Steven. "Downsizing, Competition, and Organizational Change
In Government: Is Necessity the Mother of Invention?" Journal of
Policy Analysis and Management 25.4 (Fall 2006).
Kelman, Steven. "Public Management Needs Help!" Academy of
Management Journal 48.6 (December 2005): 967-969.
Kelman, Steven. "Remaking Federal Procurement." Public Contracts
Law Journal (Summer 2002).
- Book Chapters
Kelman, Steven. "Achieving Contracting Goals and Recognizing Public
Law Concerns: A Contracting Management Perspective." Government
by Contract : Outsourcing and American Democracy. Ed. Jody
Freeman and Martha Minow. Harvard University Press, 2009, 153-191.
Kelman, Steven. "The 'Kennedy School School' of Research on
Innovation in Government." Innovations in Government: Research,
Recognition, and Replication. Ed. Sandford Borins. Brookings
Press and Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation,
Kelman, Steven. "Public Management and Organization Studies."
The Academy of Management Annals: Volume 1. Ed. James P.
Walsh and Arthur P. Brief. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007.
Kelman, Steven. "Contracting." The Tools of Government: A Guide
to the New Governance. Ed. Lester Salamon. Oxford University
Kelman, Steven. "Strategic Contracting Management." Market Based
Governance: Supply Side, Demand Side, Upside and Downside. Ed.
John D. Donahue and Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Brookings Institution, 2002.
Kelman, Steven. Unleashing Change: A Study of Organizational
Renewal in Government. Brookings Institution, 2005.
- HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
Kelman, Steven, and Sounman Hong. "“Hard,” “Soft,” or “Tough Love”:
What Kinds of Organizational Culture Promote Successful Performance
in Cross-Organizational Collaborations?" HKS Faculty Research
Working Paper Series RWP12-005, February 2012.
Kelman, Steven, Sounman Hong, and Irwin Turbitt. "Are There
Managerial Practices Associated with Service Delivery Collaboration
Success?: Evidence from British Crime and Disorder Reduction
Partnerships." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP11-011,
Friedman, John N., and Steven Kelman. "Effort as Investment:
Analyzing the Response to Incentives." KSG Faculty Research Working
Paper Series RWP07-024, May 2007.