Bert George (PhD) is an applied economist and professor of public strategy and behavior who focuses on strategic planning and management in public administration, public sector performance and behavioral public policy using surveys, experiments and meta-analyses. He is currently appointed at Ghent University (Belgium) and was previously appointed at Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands).
Bert’s research interests can be structured into two areas. Firstly, the processes and behavior underlying public strategy. This includes the application, practice and effectiveness of strategic planning and management in public organizations, and the tools, individuals and teams involved in strategic decision-making by public managers or policymakers (i.e. behavioral public strategy). Secondly, the drivers and characteristics of public sector performance. This includes meta-analyses and experiments aimed at identifying factors that can enable or inhibit public sector performance, and work focused on measuring performance taking into account the need for public value pluralism and purposeful performance information use.
Bert holds a PhD in Applied Economics as well as a BSc and MSc in Commerce and Business from Ghent University (Belgium), and was a visiting PhD student at City University of Hong Kong.