Humphrey School News—April 13, 2018

John Bryson Receives Frederickson Award in Public Management Research

In recognition of his distinguished career as a scholar and researcher, Humphrey School of Public Affairs Professor John Bryson will receive the 2018 H. George Frederickson Award from the Public Management Research Association.

Bryson, McKnight Presidential Professor of Planning and Public Affairs, is the first faculty member at the Humphrey School to receive this award, which honors a senior scholar for outstanding career contributions to the field of public management research.

Bryson teaches in the Humphrey School’s Leadership and Management Area, and is a highly regarded expert in the fields of strategic planning, leadership, and collaboration. He has taught and written extensively on these topics, and frequently consults with public, nonprofit, and business organizations in the United States and abroad.

“John’s accomplishments are many, and they point to a long career focused on asking questions of significance to advancing our field, and supporting more astute public management practice,” says Professor Jodi Sandfort, chair of the Area, who nominated Bryson for the award.

Bryson literally wrote the book on Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, which was first published in 1988. Now in its 5th edition, the perennial best-seller remains the standard reference book in the field.

He is the author of numerous other books and articles on leadership, strategic planning, and collaboration, and is among the most cited of all scholars in public and nonprofit management in the world.

Calling it a “wonderful surprise,” Bryson says receiving the Frederickson Award is a huge honor because it is named for one of the “true giants of the field.”

“In addition, joining the list of previous recipients is deeply gratifying as well as incredibly humbling; their accomplishments are legion and field-defining,” Bryson says. “And to be honored by one’s peers is as rewarding as can be.”

“John’s work in the strategic planning and management area over his 40-plus-year career at the School has had a worldwide impact on public and nonprofit scholarship and practice,” says Dean Laura Bloomberg. “He is one reason the Humphrey School is highly regarded as a leading institution in public management and planning. On a personal note, I am very happy that John is receiving this recognition. He and I have taught classes together and co-authored many publications over the years; he is a cherished colleague of mine."

Bryson has received many other national recognitions for his work, including being a fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Public Administration.

The award will be presented at the Public Management Research Conference in Singapore in early June.

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