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

      • M771 Public Organizations and Management I
      • P710 Public Organizations and Management III
      • P710 Modern Lines of Research in Public Management

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


O'Neill Professor; Fischer Faculty Fellow; and Faculty Affiliate to the Ostrom Workshop, the Political Science Department, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

(812) 856-9026

Distinguished Professor Emerita (O’Neill Bloomington); Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy (Lilly Family School of Philanthropy-IUPUI) 2001-2020

(812) 855-8835

Notable alumni placements


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

Charles Stewart Mott Chair on Community Foundations; Professor of Philanthropic Studies; IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

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