Bobbehn Public Management Report

Robert Behn’s Public Management Report

Robert D. Behn serves as a Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and is also the faculty chair of the school’s program: Driving Government Performance: Leadership Strategies that Produce Results.  Professor Behn is also the author of The Public Management Report, which he describes as: “An occasional (and maybe insightful) examination of the issues, dilemmas, challenges and opportunities in leadership, governance, management, and performance in public agencies.”

The Public Management Report is useful reading for any public manager, but is particularly appropriate for CPMs wishing to continue the learning they began as they obtained their certifications.  Professor Behn covers a wide range of topics relevant to day-to-day leadership and management.   We are grateful to Professor Behn to be able to provide access his archive of past Public Management Report articles through the links below.   For the most current article, please visit Robert Behn’s Management Report web site directly.   In addition, we encourage readers to subscribe to the Public Management Report, for free, in order to receive future editions directly.

Current Article:

“Managerial Perception Gap” available on The Behn Report Web Site.


For more detailed information about Professor Behn and his work, see Robert Behn’s personal web site and Robert Behn’s faculty web site.  In brief, Robert Behn is “a lecturer at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, [where he] is the faculty chair of the School’s executive-education program on “Driving Government Performance: Leadership Strategies that Produce Results.”  He specializes in governance, leadership, performance, and the management of large public agencies and conducts custom-designed executive-education programs for public agencies.”

“Bob earned a B.S. in physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a Ph.D. in decision and control from Harvard University. He served on the staff of Governor Francis W. Sargent of Massachusetts, as a scholar in residence with the Council for Excellence in Government, and on the faculty of the Harvard Business School and of Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, where he was director of its Governors Center.”  (source:


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