Professor of Public Strategy & Behavior – Ghent University
Prof. dr. Bert George (1987) is Professor of Public Strategy & Behavior at the Department of Public Governance and Management – Ghent University. Previously, Bert was Assistant Professor of Public Management at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology – Erasmus University Rotterdam. He holds a PhD in Applied Economics from Ghent University. His research focuses on strategy, behavior and performance in public administration. Bert has research experience in local government, healthcare, education and port authorities. He was a visiting scholar at the City University of Hong Kong, where he worked within the Laboratory for Public Management and Policy (LaMP) – with which he is still associated. He currently co-chairs the European Group for Public Administration Permanent Study Group on Strategic Management in Government. Bert is an editorial board member of Public Administration Review, Public Management Review and Review of Public Personnel Administration – three leading academic journals in public administration.
Before starting his academic career, Bert worked in the financial sector as a management trainee in a strategic change program. He also holds a Master of Science in Strategic Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (both from Ghent University). As a consulted expert, Bert advises several public and nonprofit organizations on performance-related issues – with a specific focus on teaching, seminars, applied research and assessments concerning government performance and the role of strategy, strategic planning and strategic management therein (see Consultancy). Due to his economic and financial background, Bert favors the usage of quantitative research designs based on both survey (experimental) data as well as secondary archival data. However, his research is not purely “processual” but draws on the recent evolution towards a Behavioral Public Administration by focusing on the people who actually “do” strategy in public administration using theories and methods from the behavioral sciences.
Bert’s research has been accepted for publication in top journals such as Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration and Public Administration Review. He was awarded the European Group for Public Administration 2013 Best Paper Award of the PhD Symposium (Edinburgh), the European Academy of Management 2016 Best Paper Award of the Public Management SIG (Paris), the Academy of Management 2017 Top Reviewer Award of the Public and Nonprofit Division (Atlanta) and the International Research Society for Public Management 2018 Award for the Best Papers published in Public Management Review (Edinburgh). In 2019 Bert also received the prestigious triennial Joseph Merlot – Joseph Leclercq Award for the Best Belgian Doctorate in Public Economics from CIRIEC Belgium. Apart from his academic work, Bert published a variety of practitioner-oriented papers, reports and book chapters that focus on strategy, behavior and performance in public administration (see Publications & Awards).
Prof. dr. Bert George
Professor of Public Strategy & Behavior
Department of Public Governance and Management
9000 Gent, Belgium