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Harvard Kennedy School faculty disseminate their research in working papers and publications that contribute to public knowledge and fuel policy innovation. This list features recent faculty publications, including journal articles, books, edited volumes, research papers, and public testimony.

Faculty Papers and Publications

Kelman, Steven. "Singapore 50 years ago, and now: An Asian middle way?" Straits Times, February 10, 2019.
Kelman, Steven. "Like a Fish in Water: An Essay on the Benefits of Government That Nobody Notices." August 2017.
Kelman, Steven, Ronald Sanders, and Gayatri Pandit. "“Tell It Like It Is”: Decision Making, Groupthink, and Decisiveness among U.S. Federal Subcabinet Executives." Governance 29.3 (July 2016).
Kelman, Steven, Ronald Sanders, and Gayatri Pandit. "“I Won't Back Down?” Complexity and Courage in Government Executive Decision Making." Public Administration Review 76.3 (May/June 2016): 465-471.
Kelman, Steven, and Sounman Hong. "“Hard,” “Soft,” or “Tough Love” Management: What Promotes Successful Performance in a Cross-Organizational Collaboration?" International Public Management Journal 19.2 (2016): 141-170.
Kelman, Steven, Ron Sanders, Gayatri Pandit, and Sarah Taylor. "Management Matters (For Them): Is There a New Normal for Federal Subcabinet Leaders?" HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-044, September 2014.
Kelman, Steven, Ronald Sanders, Gayatri Pandit, and Sarah Taylor. "“Tell It Like It Is": Groupthink, Decisiveness, and Decision-Making Among U.S. Federal Subcabinet Executives." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-039, August 2014.
Kelman, Steven, Ronald Sanders, Gayatri Pandit, and Sarah Taylor. "“I Won’t Back Down?”: Complexity and Courage in U.S. Federal Executive Decision-Making." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-040, August 2014.
Kelman, Steven, Ronald Sanders, Gayatri Pandit, and Sarah Taylor. "“I Won’t Back Down?” Complexity and Courage in Federal Decision-Making." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP13-044, October 2013.
Kelman, Steven, and Souman Hong. "This Could Be the Start of Something Big: Linking Early Managerial Choices with Subsequent Organizational Performance." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP13-042, October 2013.
Kelman, Steven. "Productivity and the Placebo Effect." Federal Computer Week, October 10, 2012.
Kelman, Steven. "Innovation: Are Feds Afraid of Their Own Shadows?" Federal Computer Week, April 18, 2012.
Kelman, Steven. "Tapping into Feds' Desire to Serve." Federal Computer Week, April 5, 2012.
Kelman, Steven. "US Budget Breakthrough After Nov.?" Business Times, March 16, 2012.
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. "Why Contests Are A Smart Procurement Tool." Federal Computer Week, February 9, 2012.
Kelman, Steven. "The Best Approach to Management: Tough love." Federal Computer Week, January 15, 2012.
Kelman, Steven. "How Agencies Can Cut Contracting Costs." Federal Computer Week, August 9, 2011.
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, 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, February 2011.
Kelman, Steven. "Can We Radically Improve Service Contract Management." Federal Computer Week, January 26, 2011.
Kelman, Steven. "5 Top Management Priorities for 2011." Federal Computer Week, Decemebr 8, 2010.
Kelman, Steven. "How Political Appointees Undermine Large IT Programs -- and How to Turn the Tide." Federal Computer Week, October 21, 2010.
Kelman, Steven. "Workforce Morale Can Be Sapped by Unskilled Managers." Federal Computer Week, September 9, 2010.
Kelman, Steven. "D.C. Locale Can Aid Agencies' Search for Young Talent." Federal Computer Week, July 8, 2010.
Kelman, Steven. "D.C. Locale Can Aid Agencies' Search for Young Talent." Federal Computer Week, July 7 2010.
Kelman, Steven. "The Way to Better Contracts." Federal Computer Week. May 6, 2010.
Kelman, Steven. "Agencies Should Not Fear Talking to Contractors." Federal Computer Week. February 17, 2010.
Kelman, Steven. "Performance Data: 'Use It or Useless'." Federal Computer Week. December 3, 2009.
Kelman, Steven. "Customer Service Tips from Developing Countries." Federal Computer Week. November 16, 2009.
Kelman, Steven. "Empirical Evidence can Help Inform Debate about Whether a Management Approach Will Improve Government." Federal Computer Week. November 2, 2009.
Kelman, Steven. "Bring Back Share in Savings." Federal Computer Week. October 14, 2009.
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. "The Case for Pay for Performance." Federal Computer Week. September 23, 2009.
Kelman, Steven. "How Contractors Can Help Agencies Save Money." Federal Computer Week. September 10, 2009.
Kelman, Steven. "5 Ways to Improve Procurement." Federal Computer Week. September 2, 2009.
Kelman, Steven. "Performance Management Sticks Around." Federal Computer Week. July 31, 2009.
Kelman, Steven. "Past Performance Returns." Federal Computer Week. July 22, 2009.
Kelman, Steven. "China's Cybersecurity Fears Sound Very Familiar." Federal Computer Week. July 1, 2009.
Kelman, Steven. "Hybrid Workforces Complicate Outsourcing Reforms." Federal Computer Week. June 18, 2009.
Kelman, Steven. "Hybrid Workforces Complicate Outsourcing Reforms." Federal Computer Week. June 18, 2009.
Kelman, Steven. "Challenges to Conventional Thinking Can Prompt Novel Ideas." Federal Computer Week. June 3, 2009.
Kelman, Steven. "Rethinking Fixed-Price Contracting." Federal Computer Week. April 29, 2009.
Kelman, Steven, and Steve Schooner. "Achieving Effective Reform." Federal Times.com, April 13, 2009.
Kelman, Steven, and Jeff Myers. "Successfully Executing Ambitious Strategies in Government: An Empirical Analysis." HKS Faculty Research Working Papers RWP09-009, April 2009.
Kelman, Steven. "Learning from Facebook." Federal Computer Week. April 2, 2009.
Kelman, Steven. "Agencies Have an Opportunity to Attract Young, Energetic Employees." Federal Computer Week. March 26, 2009.
Kelman, Steven, and Stan Soloway. "Performance and Accountability." Washington Times, March 6, 2009.
Kelman, Steven. "Asking the Defense Industry to Give Back." Federal Computer Week. February 23, 2009.
Kelman, Steven. "Partner or Patsy?" Federal Computer Week. February 6, 2009.