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Robert B. Denhardt

Robert B. Denhardt

Professor (Teaching)
Director of Leadership Programs

Ph.D. in Public Administration
University of Kentucky


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Expertise: organizational behavior, leadership, citizen engagement, governance

Robert B. Denhardt is Professor and Director of Leadership Programs in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He was previously ASU Regents Professor and Director of the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Delaware.

Dr. Denhardt is a Past President of the American Society for Public Administration, a nationwide organization of academics and practitioners in the field of public administration at all levels of government. He is also a member of the prestigious National Academy of Public Administration, the field’s equivalent of the National Academy of Science. He was the 2004 recipient of ASPA’s Dwight Waldo Award, celebrating lifetime achievement in scholarship in public administration.

Dr. Denhardt has published eleven books, including The Dance of Leadership, The New Public Service, Managing Human Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations, The Pursuit of Significance, In the Shadow of Organization, Theories of Public Organization, Public Administration: An Action Orientation, Executive Leadership in the Public Service, The Revitalization of the Public Service, and Pollution and Public Policy. Many of these are in multiple editions and translations. He has published over one hundred articles in professional journals, primarily in the areas of public administration theory and organizational behavior, especially leadership and organizational change

Dr. Denhardt is a native of Kentucky and received his doctorate from the University of Kentucky in 1968.


Denhardt, J., & Denhardt, R. B. (2015). The New Public Service Revisited. Public Administration Review. First published online February 12, 2015, print forthcoming.

Denhardt, R. B., & Catlaw, T. (2015). Theories of Public Organization (7th Ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

Denhardt, R. B., Denhardt, J., & Blanc, T. (2014). Public Administration: An Action Orientation (7th Ed.). Boston, MA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

Nahavandi, A., Denhardt, R. B., Denhardt, J., & Aristigueta, M. P. (2014). Organizational Behavior. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Inc.

Denhardt, R. B., Denhardt, J., & Aristigueta, M. P. (2013). Managing Human Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3rd Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc.

Denhardt, J., & Denhardt, R. B. (2011). The New Public Service (3rd Ed.). Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe.

Denhardt, J., & Denhardt, R. B. (2006). The Dance of Leadership: The Art of Leading in Business, Government, and Society (eBook Ed.). Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe. (2015 edition)

Denhardt, R. B. (2000). The pursuit of significance: Strategies for managerial success in public organizations. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

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