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Professor of Public Strategy & Behavior

Prof. dr. Bert George 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. 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.


Best Paper

Bert’s research has been published in top journals such as Journal of Public Administration Research and TheoryPublic Administration and Public Administration Review. His work has been awarded several best paper awards from major public administration associations, including the European Group for Public Administration in 2013, the European Academy of Management in 2016, the Academy of Management in 2017, the International Research Society for Public Management in 2018, CIRIEC Belgium in 2019 and, finally, the American Society for Public Administration in 2020. 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
Ghent University
Henleykaai 84
9000 Gent, Belgium
E: bert.george@ugent.be