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Professor of the Practice of Public Management
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Malcolm K. Sparrow is Professor of the Practice of Public Management at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He is Faculty Chair of the school’s executive program “Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies.”  Professor Sparrow’s recent publications include:

  • Fundamentals of Regulatory Design (Kindle Direct Publishing, 2020).
  • Handcuffed: What Holds Policing Back & the Keys to Reform (Brookings Press, 2016).
  • The Character of Harms: Operational Challenges in Control (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
  • The Regulatory Craft: Controlling Risks, Solving Problems, and Managing Compliance (Brookings Press, 2000).
  • License to Steal: How Fraud Bleeds America's Health Care System (Westview Press, 2000).

He served 10 years with the British Police Service, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. He has conducted internal affairs investigations, commanded a tactical firearms unit, and has extensive experience with criminal investigation. His research interests include regulatory and enforcement strategy, fraud control, corruption control, and operational risk management. He is also a patent-holding inventor in the area of computerized fingerprint analysis and is dead serious at tennis. He holds an MA in mathematics from Cambridge University, an MPA from the Kennedy School, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Kent University at Canterbury.

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Outside Professional Activities For Malcolm Sparrow

Organization Relationship
Australia & New Zealand School of Government Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Stoel Rives, LLP Expert witness service
The Hatchery, Ltd., (Sydney) Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Alberta Energy Regulator Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Australian Energy Regulator Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
U.S. Food & Drug Administraion Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Border Ladner Gervais, LLP Expert witness service


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