Dr. Bert George - Strategy, Behavior and Performance in Public Administration

Assistant Professor of Public Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam) | Strategist with a Heart for the Common Good


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Current Position – Assistant Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam


Dr. Bert George (1987) is an Assistant Professor of Public Management at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology – Erasmus University Rotterdam. He holds a PhD in Business Economics from Ghent University. His research focuses on (a) strategy and performance in government, (b) behavioral public administration and (c) research methods 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. Bert is Program Director of the Master in Public Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam and is also a senior member of the Netherlands Institute of Government. He currently co-chairs the European Group for Public Administration Permanent Study Group on Strategic Management in Government.

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 offers advice and training to public and nonprofit organizations on performance-related issues – with a specific focus on identifying and implementing performance-enhancing practices. 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 government 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 TheoryPublic 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). 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 government.


Dr. Bert George
Assistant Professor of Public Management
Department of Public Administration and Sociology
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50,
Mandeville Building (T) 17
3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands
E: george@essb.eur.nl