John Bryson

McKnight Presidential 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, 4th Edition (2011), 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.

Prof. Bryson has received many awards for his work, including four best book awards, three best 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 National Association of Schools of Public 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.” He serves on the editorial boards of the Public Management ReviewInternational Public Management JournalAmerican Review of Public Administration, and Journal of Public Affairs Education.

From 2004 to 2008 he was associate dean for research at the Humphrey School. From 1998 to 2000 he was director of the School's Master of Public Affairs degree; from 1997 to 2000 he was collegiate program leader for the University of Minnesota Extension Service; from 1997 to 1999, he was director of the School's Reflective Leadership Center; and from 1983 to 1989, he was associate director of the University's Strategic Management Research Center. He has consulted with a wide variety of governing bodies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit corporations in North America and Europe.

He 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.