Steve Kelman

Steve Kelman 

Kelman is professor of public management at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.


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Research just proves the obvious? Not so fast.

Academic research is full of surprises, Steve Kelman maintains, even though many people believe it only shows what's already obvious.

Steve Kelman

Building better jobs for feds

A study from nearly 20 years ago could provide insight into improving the federal work environment, writes Steve Kelman.

Steve Kelman

Was the GSA scandal really scandalous?

Columnist Steve Kelman wonders whether agencies might be justified in spending money on lavish conferences.

Steve Kelman

Herding the cats: How to lead a cross-organizational team

How can managers get members of a cross-functional to work well together and feel invested in the team effort? The question is not merely academic, writes columnist Steve Kelman.

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Innovation: Are feds afraid of their own shadows?

Agency performance suffers when employees are too fearful to try new ways of doing things, writes Steve Kelman.

Steve Kelman

Tapping into feds' desire to serve

When it comes to motivating employees, studies show that the messenger matters as much as the message, writes Steve Kelman.

Steve Kelman

Why contests are a smart procurement tool

Research shows that groundbreaking ideas are more likely to come from people working on the fringe, writes FCW columnist Steve Kelman.

Steve Kelman

The best approach to management: Tough love

In a recent study, columnist Steve Kelman found that the best performance comes from a mix of hard and soft management styles.

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A new idea for encouraging vendors to help agencies save money

Steve Kelman proposes that agencies offer extra points to bidders who suggest money-saving ways to change draft solicitations.

Steve Kelman

4 ingredients of successful teams

Teams often succeed or fail because of decisions that are made before they even hold their first meeting.

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How to prime feds for better performance

Columnist Steve Kelman says agencies should join the quick-experiment revolution that is spreading through the private sector.

Steve Kelman

The progress principle: How to keep employees on track

A new book's insights into productivity have important implications for supervisors, writes columnist Steve Kelman.

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