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Bryson receives prestigious Dwight Waldo Award

John M. Bryson, McKnight Presidential Professor of Planning and Public Affairs in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, was awarded the 2011 Dwight Waldo Award from the American Society for Public Administration.

The Dwight Waldo Award is presented to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the professional literature of public administration over an extended career. To be eligible the nominee must have had at least one article published in Public Administration Review and a minimum of 25 years of active scholarship that has furthered the discipline of public administration. The name and career summary of the Waldo Award winner will be published in Public Administration Review.

According to Professor Hal G. Rainey, Alumni Foundation Presidential Professor, of the Department of Public administration and Policy at the University of Georgia, "Strategic planning and strategic management have become ubiquitous topics in public and nonprofit administration, just as they are in business administration. Many people have done valuable work on strategic planning and strategic management, but John Bryson clearly stands as the leading scholar and expert on the application of this topic in public and nonprofit organizations. He has served for at least two decades as the primary leader and contributor on a central topic in theory and practice of public and nonprofit administration.

"His record obviates the need for hyperbole because the facts speak for themselves. His books on strategic management for public and nonprofit sectors have sold over 150,000 copies... These numbers show the value of Bryson's work to a broad population of scholars and practitioners, but they are only numbers. Space constraints preclude a deeper description of the exceptionally high quality of Bryson's approach to strategic planning, and of how well-conceived it is, along with being sensible and sensitive to the realities that public and nonprofit administrators face.

"Bryson's related work on leadership and power sharing in community and collaborative settings, in
Leadership for the Common Good, and in Shared Power, was ahead of its time in the sense that it predated the current upsurge in interest in collaboration in the public and nonprofit sectors. Although Google Scholar lists 543 citations to the Leadership for the Common Good book, it has still received less attention than it deserves. His coauthored book, Visible Thinking, derives from his numerous experiences as a facilitator of community and collaborative decision-making initiatives."

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