Addressing Complex and Cross-Boundary Challenges in Government: The Value of Strategy Mapping

These types of challenges run the gamut from the pandemic to economic dislocation, homelessness, and natural and manmade disasters. These major crises have complex causes, and the resources needed to properly address them often transcend the capacity of any single government agency. Addressing these challenges effectively requires what the National Academy of Public Administration calls “new approaches to public governance and engagement.” Such approaches necessitate collaboration or co-alignment across the efforts of multiple organizations.

John M Bryson

John M. Bryson is McKnight Presidential Professor Emeritus at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He works in the areas of leadership, strategic management, and collaboration. He is best known for his best-selling and award-winning Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 5th Edition (2018). He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Professor of Planning and Public Affairs
University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
237 Humphrey Center University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States
612-625-5888

John M. Bryson is McKnight Presidential Professor Emeritus at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He works in the areas of leadership, strategic management, and collaboration. He is best known for his best-selling and award-winning Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 5th Edition (2018). He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Professor Bryson has served in a variety of roles at the university and the Humphrey School, including twice being associate dean. He has consulted with a wide range of government, nonprofit, and business organizations.

Professor Bryson has received many awards for his work, including lifetime scholarly achievement awards from the American Society for Public Administration (2011), the Public Management Research Association (2018), the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management (2019), the Public Policy and Public Administration Sections of the American Political Science Association (2020), and the International Research Society for Public Management (2021).

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