Business of Government Stories

The past 30 years provides important lessons both for today’s leaders and for those of future administrations. Little has been written about the role leaders and teams have played in the evolution of management reforms. Our “Business of Government Stories” series narrates the stories of many of the most influential events that have shaped government over the past generation. Our series focuses on the people behind this management evolution and features a podcast with reflections on the stories behind these reforms.

Read and listen to the stories.

Apply for a Research Stipend

The aim of the IBM Center is to tap into the best minds in academe and the nonprofit sector who can use rigorous public management research and analysis to produce reports with practical advice and insight for public sector executives and managers to improve the effectiveness of government. We are looking for very practical findings and recommendations - not just theory or concepts - in order to assist executives and managers to more effectively respond to mission and management challenges. Learn more or apply online.

 

The research announcement was written using research and perspectives shared by current and former government leaders, and which was summarized in this special report, Seven Drivers Transforming Government.   The report identifies seven drivers for transforming government in the years to come.  They include: Insight, Agility, Effectiveness, Risk, People, Engagement, and Digital. Read the report.

Expert Insights: The Former Government Executives Council

The Former Government Executives Council provides insight and innovative ideas to improve government based on their past and extensive experience as senior officials at the Federal, State, and local levels. Learn more!

Government for the Future: Reflection and Vision for Tomorrow’s Leaders

In our book, Government for the Future: Reflection and Vision for Tomorrow’s Leaders, we first focus on six significant and enduring management trends of the past 20 years.  Our authors then look twenty years ahead to envision government in 2040.

 

Read our blogs on individual chapters of the book, download chapters of the book, and watch a video from our launch event.

 

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Interviews with Leaders: The Business of Government Hour

Conversations with Leaders

Rafael Borras, President & CEO, Homeland Security & Defense Business Council
Dr. Donald Rucker, National Coordinator for Health IT, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Patrick Pizzella, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor

Executive Director's Corner

I recently wrote a blog post," A Peaceful Transfer of Power is the Foundation of Good Government where I discussed the relationship between the recent tragic events at the Capitol to the need for longer term trust in government as built by career civil servants who work to carry out the mission of their agencies, who every day perform countless tasks that bring needed benefits to the American people.  As the presidential transition proceeds, I wanted to highlight a few resources that remain top of mind:

Business of Government Stories- describing the management reforms of the last three decades with a focus on the leaders who made change happen, and lessons for leaders today.

Distance Work in the Time of COVID - a series on distance work from historical and current perspectives, summarized in a report.

Re-Thinking Government Management and Operations Given the Impact of COVID-19 - forthcoming essays on key topics resulting from our recent Challenge Grant competition. Read more about the topics and the authors.

Community Resilience and Reshaping Government during COVID - a series by Donald F. Kettl, Sid Richardson Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

Measuring the Quality of Management in Federal Agencies - a report by James Thompson and Alejandra Medina, University of Illinois at Chicago that answers a perennial question about government - how well agencies manage their mission.  Stay tuned for a forthcoming Task Force report.

The Road to AGILE GOVERNMENT: Driving Change to Achieve Success - a report by Center Visiting Fellow Ed DeSeve that draws on lessons from agile software development across other key government functions and mission areas. The report describes the role of the Agile Government Center (AGC), a new initiative through the National Academy of Public Administration, in promoting agile practices across agencies.
 

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The Center in the News

Dan Chenok Video

 This audio/video library provides perspectives on key government issues through appearances in a variety of media outlets.  Watch!

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