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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

Behn, Robert. "How Scientific Is 'the Science of Delivery'?" Canadian Public Administration 60.1 (March 2017).
Behn, Robert. The PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. Brookings Institution Press, 2014.
Behn, Robert. The PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. Brookings Institution Press, 2014.
Behn, Robert. "PerformanceStat: Accounting for Targeted Performance." The Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability. Ed. Bovens, Mark, Robert E. Goodin, and Thomas Schillemans. Oxford University Press, 2014, 456-471.
Behn, Robert. "PortStat: Or How the United States Coast Guard Could Use the PerformanceStat Leadership Strategy to Improve Port Security." Ports in a Storm: Public Management in a Turbulent World. Ed. Donahue, John D., and Mark H. Moore. Brookings Institution Press, 2012, 55-83.
Behn, Robert. "The Consistency Conundrum: From Requirements and Templates to Expectations and Adaptations." Public Administration Review 70.6 (December 2010, Issue Supplement): s218-s219.
Behn, Robert. "Creating PerformanceStat's Organizational Competence and Commitment." Paper for the Thirty Second Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Boston, November 3, 2010.
Behn, Robert. "Collaborating for Performance: Or Can There Exist Such a Thing at CollaborationStat?" International Public Management Journal 13.4 (October 2010): 429 - 470.
Behn, Robert. "Closing the Knowledge-Practice Gap." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. December 2009.
Behn, Robert. Performance Leadership: Eleven Better Practices That Can Ratchet Up Performance. The Jossey-Bass Reader on Nonprofit and Public Leadership. Ed. James L. Perry. Jossey-Bass, 2009, 13.
Behn, Robert. "PerformanceStat as a Search for Strategic Evidence." Paper presented at the National Public Management Research Conference, Columbus, and the Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, D.C., October 1-3 and November 6, 2009.
Behn, Robert. "PerformanceStat Leadership Strategy." Bob Behn’s Performance Leadership Report. November 2009.
Behn, Robert. "Simple Strategies Drive Out the Subtle." Bob Behn's Performance Leadership Report. October 2009.
Behn, Robert. "Ratcheting Up Performance." Bob Behn's Performance Leadership Report. September 2009.
Behn, Robert. "The Face-to-Face Buzz." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. August 2009.
Behn, Robert. "Leadership is a "Generative" Activity." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. July 2009.
Behn, Robert. "That's Funny." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. June 2009.
Behn, Robert. "Recognizing Novelty." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. May 2009.
Behn, Robert. "Sometimes Weird Works." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. April 2009.
Behn, Robert. "The Data Don't Speak for Themselves." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. March 2009.
Behn, Robert. "No Perfect Performance Measure." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. February 2009.
Behn, Robert. "The Split Personality CPO." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. January 2009.
Behn, Robert. "Designing PerformanceStat: Or What Are the Key Strategic Choices that a Jurisdiction or Agency Must Make When Adapting the CompStat/CitiStat Class of Performance Strategies?" Public Performance and Management Review 32.2 (December 2008): 203-232.
Behn, Robert. "On Why Public Executives Should Start Drafting A Final Report Years Early." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. December 2008.
Behn, Robert. "Collaborating for Performance: Or Can There Exist Such A Thing As CollaborationStat?" Paper for Thirtieth Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Los Angeles, November 2008.
Behn, Robert. "On Why Citizens Need to Establish the Performance-Target Ethic." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. November 2008.
Behn, Robert. "On the Different Perspectives on The Gotcha-Game Debate." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. October 2008.
Behn, Robert. "On Why Every Evaluation Begins with the Question: Compared with What?" Bob Behn's Public Management Report. September 2008.
Behn, Robert. "On the Value and Seven Different Details of Shining a Bright Light." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. August 2008.
Behn, Robert. "On Why Public Executives Need to Avoid Dashboards as Data Dumps." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. July 2008.
Behn, Robert. "On Why It Is Necessary to Set Expectations for Performance Audits." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. June 2008.
Behn, Robert. "On Why, To Improve Performance, Measurement Is Rarely Enough." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. May 2008.
Behn, Robert. "On the Difficulty of Predicting Managerial Performance." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. April 2008.
Behn, Robert. "PerformanceStat as a Leadership Strategy: It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Follow-Up." Paper for Twelfth Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management, Brisbane, March 2008.
Behn, Robert. "The Adoption of Innovation: The Challenge of Learning to Adapt Tacit Knowledge." Innovations in Government: Research, Recognition and Replication. Ed. Sandford Borins. Brookings Institution Press, 2008, 138-158.
Behn, Robert. "On Why Public Executives Should Beware the Dysfunctional Org Chart." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. March 2008.
Behn, Robert. "The Seven Big Errors of PerformanceStat." Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, policy brief, February 2008.
Behn, Robert. "On Why Public Executives Must Fulfill Citizen's Basic-Services Imperative." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. February 2008.
Behn, Robert. "On Why All Public Officials Need to Remember that Efficiency is a Ratio." Bob Behn's Public Management Report. January 2008.
Behn, Robert. "The Five Big Errors of PerformanceStat." Governing.com (Governing Magazine) (December 12, 2007).
Behn, Robert. "On Why Public Executives Need to Remember That: Luck is Recognizing It." Bob Behn's Public Management Report (December 2007).
Behn, Robert. "Designing PerformanceStat: Or What Are the Key Strategic Choices that a Jurisdiction or Agency Must Make When Adapting the Compstat/CitiStat Class of Performance Strategies?" Paper presented at the 29th Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, D.C., November 2007.
Behn, Robert. "On Why Public Executives Need: A Few Priority Measures - Plus More." Bob Behn's Public Management Report (November 2007).
Behn, Robert. "On Why Public Executives Must Be Alert to the: Danger of Using Too Few Measures." Bob Behn's Public Management Report (October 2007).
Behn, Robert. "On Why Driving Performance Requires a Focus on: Only a Very Few Priority Measures." Bob Behn's Public Management Report (September 2007).
Behn, Robert. "Beyond the GASB-GFOA Brawl." Governing.com (Governing Magazine) (August 22, 2007).
Behn, Robert. "On Why Every Executive Should Hand Out Cards for: Buzzword Bingo." Bob Behn's Public Management Report (August 2007).
Behn, Robert. "On Why Both Government and Business Must Fix: The Underperformance Problem." Bob Behn's Public Management Report (July 2007).
Behn, Robert. “On Why Public Executives Need to Fix Their Agency's: Binding Constraints." Bob Behn's Public Management Report (June 2007).
Behn, Robert. "The Tyranny of the Template." Governing.com (Governing Magazine) (May 16, 2007).