John Bryson

Professor
collaborative governance; integrative leadership; nonprofit and NGO management; policy and program implementation; public management; strategic planning

John M. Bryson is McKnight Presidential Professor of Planning and Public Affairs at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He works in the areas of leadership, strategic management, and the design of organizational and community change processes. He wrote the best-selling and award-winning Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 5th Edition (2018), and co-wrote with Barbara C. Crosby the award-winning Leadership for the Common Good, 2nd Edition (2005). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Professor Bryson has received many awards for his work, including five best book awards, six outstanding article awards, the General Electric Award for Outstanding Research in Strategic Planning from the Academy of Management, and the Distinguished Research Award and the Charles H. Levine Memorial Award for Excellence in Public Administration, given jointly by the American Society for Public Administration and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. In 2011 he received the Dwight Waldo Award from the American Society for Public Administration; the award honors persons who have made “outstanding contributions to the professional literature of public administration over an extended scholarly career of at least 25 years.”  In 2018 he received the H. George Frederickson Award for "career contributions to the field of public management" from the Public Management Research Association.

He currently serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Discoveries, International Public Management JournalPerspectives on Public Management and Governance, Public Management Review, and Public Performance and Management Review. Professor Bryson has served in a variety of roles at the university and Humphrey School, including twice being associate dean. He has consulted with a wide variety of governing bodies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit corporations in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Professor Bryson holds a doctorate and master of science degree in urban and regional planning, and a master of arts degree in public policy and administration, all from the University of Wisconsin. He was awarded a BA degree in economics from Cornell University.

In The Media

Humphrey School faculty members John Bryson and Barbara Crosby write in this commentary that global problems can only be solved through shared, collective leadership. 

The Guardian
August 16, 2017