Public Management and Performance

Governance Salon, featuring Laurence J. O’Toole, University of Georgia

November 8, 2010

Laurence J. O’Toole, is the Margaret Hughes and Robert T. Golembiewski Professor of Public Administration and a Distinguished Research Professor. He has lectured and conducted research widely in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia. He is past President of the Public Management Research Association as well as past co-editor for public management of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He currently serves on the editorial boards of seven scholarly journals and co-edits the Johns Hopkins Studies in Governance and Public Management. O’Toole has conducted research for numerous governmental agencies, including the US Agency for International Development, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Geological Survey, the US National Science Foundation, the European Commission, the Economic and Social Research Council of the United Kingdom, and the Danish Council for Strategic Research. His most significant contributions have been to address some of the foundational theoretical questions of the field while also contributing in several other fields of public policy and management. He is among the most influential researchers in developing new theories of public management in settings involving multiple organizations. He has produced a set of theoretical and empirical papers that have redefined the field of public administration, some of which have redirected the flow of research worldwide. As a result, researchers have put particular emphasis on examining the impacts of management on organizational performance in the public sector. He is author, coauthor, or editor of 12 books and many articles and chapters.