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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

How can leaders navigate the COVID-19 disruption and lead with purpose? Michael Keegan and Mark Johnson explore this question and how to Lead from the Future.
Leading through Uncertain Times: Host Michael Keegan welcomes author Chester Elton on Leading with Gratitude
Ash Carter, former Secretary of Defense and author of Inside the five-sided box: lessons from a lifetime of leadership in the Pentagon

Executive Director's Corner

In these unprecedented times for the government and the Nation, our Center has moved forward with several posts and interviews that help the public sector understand how lessons from the past can inform present and future decisions for near-term crisis response and longer-term government transformation.  We will continue to identify effective practices that can help agency leaders and stakeholders address these major challenges of our day.

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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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