Leaders provides six in-depth studies of leaders who demonstrate a new style of leadership for the 21st century. W. Henry Lambright describes how Dr. Francis Collins is leading the Human Genome Project at the National Institutes of Health. Norma Riccucci presents a case study of how Dr. Helene Gayle led the nation's fight against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Beryl Radin analyzes the leadership style of Donna Shalala at the Department of Health and Human Services. Robert B.

Human Capital 2002

Human Capital 2002 provides eight studies on the "state" of human capital in government today. Carol Chetkovich discusses the challenge of recruiting the best and the brightest to government. Hal G. Rainey describes how four federal agencies are using special authorities to "win the war for talent." Ray Blunt presents two studies on how government can better develop its future leaders. Michael D. Serlin describes the need for increased mobility among federal executives and presents case studies of six leaders who exemplified mobility throughout their careers.


Innovation provides five in-depth studies on the "state" of innovation in government today. Jonathan Walters analyzes what he has learned from studying winners of the Ford Foundation/Kennedy School Innovations in Government awards program. Sandford Borins examines the five building blocks of innovation. Janet Vinzant Denhardt and Robert Denhardt tell us how Phoenix created a culture of innovation within city government. William Eimicke studied San Diego County, California to find out how innovative programs can be implemented in a large county government.

Memos to the President: Management Advice from the Nation's Top Public Administrators

Memos to the President: Management Advice from the Nation's Top Public Administrators provides eighteen memos to President George W. Bush about the management challenges facing his administration. Experts in public administration and public management give the President advice on four major management challenges: creating an electronic government, reforming regulations, revitalizing public service, and implementing performance management.

Managing For Results 2002

Managing for Results 2002 summarizes five innovative, yet practical, approaches that public sector organizations use to better manage for results, increase organizational performance, and improve accountability to stakeholders. Patrick J. Murphy and John Carnevale tell the story—and the lessons—of how the Office of National Drug Control Policy crafted a government-wide strategic plan to combat drug abuse in the United States. Paul E.

E-Government 2001

E-Government 2001 provides in-depth case studies of the "state" of e-government today. The book chronicles the "early days" of e-government and presents a collective snapshot in time as to where governments—at the federal, state, and local levels—are today as they continue their march toward e-government.

Transforming Organizations

This book provides in-depth case studies of outstanding government executives who dramatically changed both the performance and management of their organizations. The book includes case studies of Dan Goldin of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Ken Kizer of the Veterans Health Administration, James Lee Witt of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and four high-ranking government officials who changed procurement in the Department of Defense. In addition, the book includes interviews with NASA Administrator Goldin and FEMA's Director Witt.


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Mark A. Abramson is a Consultant to the IBM Center for The Business of Government. He served as the Executive Director of the IBM Center from July 1998 to February 2007. Mr. Abramson is co-editor of the IBM Center for the Business of Government Book Series, published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. He is also the author or editor of 13 books and has published more than 100 articles on public management. In 2005, he was appointed to the editorial board of the Public Administration Review. He has also served as a Contributing Editor to Government Executive and as a member of the Board of Editors and Forum Editor for The Public Manager. Mr. Abramson has spoken to numerous groups of public servants and public management organizations across the nation, as well as testified before the United States Congress on several occasions. Prior to helping found the IBM Center for the Business of Government (originally the PricewaterhouseCoopers Endowment for The Business of Government), he served as Chairman of Leadership Inc. from 1994 to 1998. Leadership Inc. provided executive seminars for senior government officials from numerous agencies across the federal government. Mr. Abramson is currently President of Leadership Inc.

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