Envisioning the Future of Government: A Challenge Grant Competition

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 - 13:16
This blog post is one in a series in our 20th anniversary year for the IBM Center for The Business of Government. We are advancing ideas, activities, and reports by the Center that look to the future, reflecting on Center and other contributions about past management trends and reform efforts. Joining me in this effort are Mark Abramson, the founding executive director of the IBM Center, and John Kamensky, the IBM Center’s most senior fellow.

Eight Actions to Improve Defense Acquisition

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 - 11:48
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In this report, the authors look back at history, noting that the Department of Defense (DoD) has made numerous attempts to reform its acquisition system over the last 50 years, but that these and similar reforms have pro­duced only modest improvements.

Managing Innovation Prizes in Government

Monday, February 7th, 2011 - 12:25
The use of prizes and awards is a visible element of the Obama Administration’s efforts to promote innovation in government. For example, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has sponsored a competition among federal employees to find cost savings and the White House has created the “” website where federal agencies can pose problems in hopes of getting solutions from the public.  OMB issued guidance to encourage agencies to offer challenges and prizes, as well.  

Competition, Choice, and Incentives in Government Programs

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 - 9:25
Since the 1980s, the language used around market-based government has muddied its meaning and polarized its proponents and critics, making the topic politicized and controversial. Competition, Choice, and Incentives in Government Programs hopes to reframe competing views of market-based government so it is seen not as an ideology but rather as a fact-based set of approaches for managing government services and programs more efficiently and effectively. Table of Contents:

Sam DeMarie

Sunday, March 28th, 2010 - 12:52
is an Assistant Professor of strategic management in the Department of Management,College of Business, Iowa State University. Professor DeMarie earned his Ph.D. degree from Arizona State University, Tempe. He also earned an M.B.A. degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a B.S. degree in accountancy from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. His current research focuses on the effects of new technologies on competition and the workplace, including the emerging phenomena of virtual organizations, virtual teamwork, and e-commerce.