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IBM Center for The Business of Government logo

The IBM Center for The Business of Government is an independent business think tank that focuses on management issues in the U.S. Federal government. Founded in 2002, the Center is located in Washington, D.C.

The center funds independent third-party research,[1] publishes a bi-annual magazine, produces a weekly radio interview program, convenes discussions with practitioners and academics, and hosts forums and other online content. Its aim is to promoted "thought leadership that focuses on public management issues facing government executives at all levels".


The Center was established in 1998 as the PriceWaterhouseCoopers Endowment for The Business of Government. In 2002, IBM acquired the management consulting arm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and the Center was renamed. Since 2012, the Center has been led by Executive Director Dan Chenok,[2] a former career federal executive for information policy and technology at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).[3]

Research and publications

"Unlike traditional scholarly outlets, the IBM Center makes explicitly clear that its reports are to be ‘written for government executives and managers’ and that in making the decision to fund research proposals, it looks for very practical findings and recommendations—not just theory and concepts—in order to assist executives and managers to more effectively respond to mission and management challenges."[4]

Since its inception, the center has published more than 250 research reports and books in areas such as public sector management and performance, technology and innovation, security and privacy, acquisition and procurement, and citizen engagement.[3][failed verification] Reports are commissioned through a competitive funding process[5] which occurs twice a year, in the spring and fall.

Funded researchers have included academics from top schools of public management and business at Harvard University, the London School of Economics, Syracuse University and Johns Hopkins University.

Recent[when?] research interests

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The Business of Government Hour

The weekly radio program The Business of Government Hour[24] interviews government executives . As a platform for government executives to discuss their careers, agencies and agency accomplishments, as well as their vision of government in the 21st century, the program provides a forum for government leaders to highlight key initiatives, management challenges and successes.

The Business of Government Hour has interviewed more than 300 government executives from deputy secretaries to C-Suite executives from a range of federal agencies, as well as state and local government executives.

The show has interviewed such government executives and thought leaders as Admiral Thad Allen, Dr. Francis Collins, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Governor Tim Kaine, Dr. Raymond Orbach, Dr. Robert Braun, Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, General Michael Hayden, General James Clapper, Robert F. Hale, David Walker, Gene Dodaro, Michael Astrue, Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, Craig Fugate, Alec Ross, Tom Allen, General Tony Zinni and Professor Joseph Nye.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ Kelman, Steve. "How IBM supports academic research on the business of government". FCW The Business of Federal Technology. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  2. ^ Weigelt, Matthew. "Dan Chenok to take reins at IBM think tank". (Federal Computer Week) The Business of Federal Technology. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b Hardy, Michael. "The Chenok era dawns at IBM center". (Federal Computer Week) The Business of Federal Technology. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  4. ^ Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Volume 21, Issue (suppl 1) pp. i99-i112
  5. ^ "IBM Center for The Business of Government - Research Stipends Synopsis". Archived from the original on 9 March 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  6. ^ "The Business of Government Magazine Spring/Summer 2012". 5 July 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  7. ^ "The Business of Government Magazine". Archived from the original on 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  8. ^ "The Business of Government". Retrieved 5 February 2013.[dead link]
  9. ^ Seven Management Imperatives
  10. ^ "IBM Center for the Business of Government publishes report on seven management imperatives for government". Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  11. ^ Albert MoralesJonathan D. Breul. "Ten Challenges Facing Public Managers | IBM Center for The Business of Government". Businessofgovernment.org. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  12. ^ Longley, Robert. "The Next President's Top 10 Challenges". About.com. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  13. ^ "Ten Challenges in Public Management Identified for Decade Ahead". IBM. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  14. ^ Six Trends Transforming Government
  15. ^ Davidson, Joe (18 September 2006). "Report Offers 6 Keys to a More Successful Government". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  16. ^ Operators Manual
  17. ^ Getting It Done
  18. ^ "Center for The Business of Government Lays Out Key Imperatives for Managing the Presidential Transition and Governing in a New Administration". IBM. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  19. ^ Kamensky, John. "The Presidential Transition". IBM. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  20. ^ "International Conference on Administrative Development Towards Excellence in Public Sector Performance" (PDF). Saudi Arabia Institute of Public Administration. Retrieved 5 February 2013.[permanent dead link]
  21. ^ Rollins, John. "2008-2009 Presidential Transition: National Security Considerations and Options" (PDF). Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  22. ^ Ogden, Benjamin. "The United States Drug Enforcement Administration: Pertaining to Public Safety and Homeland Security". Pace University. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  23. ^ "Inauguration: Online Resources" (PDF). The American Center. Retrieved 5 February 2013.[permanent dead link]
  24. ^ The Business of Government Hour