Publications of Professor Steve Kelman

On the web:

Steve Kelman's BlogCalled "The Lectern" at Federal Computer Week
Professor Kelman also writes a regular column in Federal Computer Week which is posted on-line at

Working papers:

"Are There Managerial Practices Associated with Service Delivery Collaboration Success?: Evidence from British Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships" with Sounman Hong and Irwin Turbitt.  HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP11-011, (February 2011).

"Effort as Investment: Analyzing the Response to Incentives." with John N. Friedman.  HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series: RWP07-024  Under consideration (Revise and resubmit) for American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (Nov. 2008). 

"Changing Big Government Organizations: Easier than meets the eye?" (July 2004), HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series: RWP04-026

"Remaking Federal Procurement," (2002) Working Paper No. 3, Visions of Governance in the 21st Century Program, Kennedy School of Goverment.  Published as "Remaking Federal Procurement," Public Contracts Law Journal (Summer 2002).  

Articles and reviews in scholarly journals and books:

“Successfully Achieving Ambitious Goals in Government: An Empirical Analysis” with Jeff Myers, American Review of Public Administration, (May 2011).  An earlier version appeared as HKS Faculty Research Working Paper: RWP09-009.  

"Performance Improvement and Performance Dysfunction: An Empirical Examination of Impacts of the Emergency Room Wait-Time Target in the English National Health Service." with John N. Freidman, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 19(4) (October 2009), 917-946. An earlier version appeared as HKS Faculty Research Working Paper RWP07-034.

"Achieving Contracting Goals and Recognizing Public Law Concerns: A Contracting Management Perspective." in Government by Contract, edited by Martha Minow and Jody Freeman, Harvard University Press (2008). Buy the book.

"The 'Kennedy School School' of Research on Innovation in Government," Chapter 3 in Innovations in Government: Research, Recognition, and Replication, edited by Sandford Borins. 2008. Copyright owned by and book published by Brookings Press and The Ash Center for Democratic Governance which sponsored the project. Buy the book.

"Public Administration and Organization Studies,"  Book chapter in Arthur Brief and James P. Walsh. Editors. Academy of Management Annals. 2007. New York: Erlbaum.

"Improving Service Delivery Performance in the United Kingdom: Organization Theory Perspectives on Central Intervention Strategies," Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 8(4), (December 2006), 393-419. Earlier version appeared as a HKS Faculty Research Working Paper RWP06-016 (May 2006)

 "Downsizing, Competition, and Organizational Change In Government: Is Necessity the Mother of Invention?" Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 25(4) (Fall 2006).

"Book Review of The Oxford Handbook of Public Management." Academy of Management Review, October 2006, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p1094-1098.

"9/11 and the Challenges of Public Management: A Review Essay of The 9/11 Commission Report." Administrative Science Quarterly, March 2006

"Public Management Needs Help!"  (December 2005) Academy of Management Journal  Vol. 48, No. 6, 967–969.

Unleashing Change: A Study of Organizational Change in Government (May 2005), Brookings Institution Press.  (Take a Virtual Book Tour of Unleashing Change)


Professor Kelman writes a regular column in Federal Computer Week (

"Performance and accountability"op-ed in The Washington Post, March 6, 2009 (with Stan Soloway)

"The IG Ideology," op-ed in The Washington Post, April 4, 2007

Testimony before the House Committee on Government Reform, July 21, 2004
Hearing on Contracting and the Rebuilding of Iraq.

"The Reformation," Government Executive, August 23rd, 2004

"Reforms are Just a Start," Federal Computer Week, March 15, 2004.  

"Oversight is not the only way to judge a procurement system," Federal Times, May 31, 2004

"No 'Cronyism' in Iraq" Washington Post,  Thursday, November 6, 2003; Page A33  

"Stifling the Civil Service" Washington Post,  Thursday, July 31, 2003; Page A19 

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Contact Info:
Professor Steve Kelman
Kennedy School of Government
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA  02138
Tel: 617-496-6302
Fax: 617-496-5747

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