Public Management

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Public management covers the design and operation of government and not-for-profit institutions, including strategic management and interrelationships between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. 

Research interests in the field of public management include:

  • The political environment surrounding public organizations
  • Public organizations’ relationships with citizens, organized interests, elected officials, legal institutions, private for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and other public organizations
  • Government accountability and performance
  • The structure and design of public organizations and public policy implementation regimes
  • Organizational strategy, decision making and leadership in public organizations
  • Public employee motivation, job satisfaction and other work-related attitudes
  • Governmental reform and organizational change
  • Administrative rule making, policy implementation and service delivery, administrative law, and government procurement and outsourcing

  • Public Organization and Management I (V671)
  • Public Organization and Management II (V672)
  • Public Organization and Management III (V710)

Public Management

Work with faculty involved in interdisciplinary research areas

Cutting edge research on the effective management of public and nonprofit organizations.

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Featured faculty focused on public management

Claudia N. Avellaneda
Associate Professor

cavellan@indiana.edu
(812) 856-9026

  • Public Management and Governance in Developing Countries
  • Local Governments in Latin America
  • Comparative Public Policy and Policymaking
  • Latin American Politics
  • International Development

Sergio Fernandez
Associate Professor

sefernan@indiana.edu
(812) 855-4944

  • Public management and organization theory, with a focus on employee empowerment, representative bureaucracy in the U.S. and South Africa, organizational change and innovation, public sector leadership, and government outsourcing

Kirsten Grønbjerg
Distinguished Professor (O'Neill Bloomington)

kgronbj@indiana.edu
(812) 855-3648

  • Nonprofit and public sector relationships
  • Scope and community dimensions of the Indiana nonprofit sector
  • American welfare system, nonprofit funding relations, and nonprofit data sources

Notable alumni placements

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Tina Nabatchi, Ph.D.'07

Associate Professor, Syracuse University, Maxwell School

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Robert Christensen, Ph.D.'07

Associate Professor, Brigham Young University, Marriott School, Romney Institute of Public Management

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Laurie Paarlberg

Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, Bush School of Government & Public Service

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