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Peter John Robertson, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor of Public Policy and Director of Graduate Programs in Public Administration
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentPublic Policy
Phone+1 213 740 0353
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    Peter J. Robertson, Ph.D., brings to the School’s faculty a focus on improving the capacity of organizations to successfully accomplish their objectives while attending to the needs and interests of the individuals and communities with whom they interact. He is particularly interested in the application of “new paradigm” ideas to the development of new models of organization and governance, with a recent paper proposing a model of ecological governance applicable in the context of complex, multi-party policy problems. He has conducted research on collaborative governance systems in Brazil and Taiwan, and is currently using agent-based computer simulation to explore the dynamics of collaborative decision-making mechanisms. Previous research has addressed issues pertaining to interorganizational networks, employee attitudes and behavior, the process and outcomes of organizational change, and school-based management as a mechanism for public school reform. Professor Robertson’s research has been published in a number of journals and books, including the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Management Review, Public Administration Review, Academy of Management Journal, Educational Administration Quarterly, and Research in Organizational Change and Development. He has provided consulting and training for a variety of organizations, and is a member of the Academy of Management, the Public Management Research Association, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

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