Business of Government Stories

The past 30 years provides important lessons both for today’s leaders and for those of future administrations. Little has been written about the role leaders and teams have played in the evolution of management reforms. Our “Business of Government Stories” series narrates the stories of many of the most influential events that have shaped government over the past generation. Our series focuses on the people behind this management evolution and features a podcast with reflections on the stories behind these reforms.

Read and listen to the stories.

Apply for a Research Stipend

The aim of the IBM Center is to tap into the best minds in academe and the nonprofit sector who can use rigorous public management research and analysis to produce reports with practical advice and insight for public sector executives and managers to improve the effectiveness of government. We are looking for very practical findings and recommendations - not just theory or concepts - in order to assist executives and managers to more effectively respond to mission and management challenges. Learn more or apply online.


The research announcement was written using research and perspectives shared by current and former government leaders, and which was summarized in this special report, Seven Drivers Transforming Government.   The report identifies seven drivers for transforming government in the years to come.  They include: Insight, Agility, Effectiveness, Risk, People, Engagement, and Digital. Read the report.

Expert Insights: The Former Government Executives Council

The Former Government Executives Council provides insight and innovative ideas to improve government based on their past and extensive experience as senior officials at the Federal, State, and local levels. Learn more!

Government for the Future: Reflection and Vision for Tomorrow’s Leaders

In our book, Government for the Future: Reflection and Vision for Tomorrow’s Leaders, we first focus on six significant and enduring management trends of the past 20 years.  Our authors then look twenty years ahead to envision government in 2040.


Read our blogs on individual chapters of the book, download chapters of the book, and watch a video from our launch event.


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Interviews with Leaders: The Business of Government Hour

Conversations with Leaders

Dr. Donald Rucker, National Coordinator for Health IT, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Patrick Pizzella, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor
Anna-Maija Karjalainen, Director General Finland’s Public Sector – ICT

Executive Director's Corner

We are fortunate to have a range of voices from the Center, academe, and the nonprofit sector to author blogs that examine timely topics facing public managers.  Our blog series’ highlight best practices and lessons learned from a global, federal, and state perspective, including several that address the imperatives involved in government’s response and recovery from COVID-19.  They include:

Distance Work in the Time of COVID by John Kamensky, Fellow, IBM Center

Community Resilience and Reshaping Government during COVID by Donald F. Kettl, The University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School

Managing Risk in the Public Sector by Dan Chenok, Executive Director, IBM Center and Michael J. Keegan, Fellow, IBM Center

Business of Government Stories (the people behind the management evolution) by Dan Chenok, John Kamensky, and guest authors

State and Local Government Best Practices by Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, Senior Advisors and Columnists, RouteFifty

Government Performance Management - a video series by Praja Trivedi, Senior Fellow, IBM Center and Director, Economic, Social and Sustainable Development Directorate, Commonwealth Secretariat, London

Cross-Agency Priority Goals by John Kamensky

Behavioral Science Best Practices by John Kamensky





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The Center in the News

Dan Chenok Video

 This audio/video library provides perspectives on key government issues through appearances in a variety of media outlets.  Watch!

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