A Conversation with Author Dr. Kevin Desouza

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How do you realize the promise of big data? What does it take to create a balanced portfolio of information technology metrics? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Dr. Kevin Desouza, author of the IBM Center reports on big data and IT metrics as part of its Conversations with Authors series.


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Kevin-Desouza.jpgKevin C. Desouza serves as the associate dean for research at the College of Public Service & Community Solutions and is an ASU Foundation professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University (ASU). He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. At ASU, he is a senior research fellow with the Center for Organization Research and Design and is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Science, Technology & Environmental Policy Studies.

Immediately prior to joining ASU, he directed the Metropolitan Institute in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and served as an associate professor at the Center for Public Administration and Policy within the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. From 2005 to 2011, he was on the faculty of the University of Washington (UW) Information School and held adjunct appointments in UW’s College of Engineering and at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs. At UW, he co-founded and directed the Institute for Innovation in Information Management (I3M); founded the Institute for National Security Education and Research, an interdisciplinary, university-wide initiative, in August  2006 and served as its director until February 2008; and was an affiliate faculty member of the Center for American Politics and Public Policy.

Desouza has authored, co-authored, and/or edited nine books and has published more than 125 articles in prestigious practitioner and academic journals. Desouza’s work spans multiple disciplines and his publications have appeared in leading information systems, management, public administration, innovation, technology management, and software engineering journals. His most recent book is Intrapreneurship: Managing Ideas Within Your Organization (University of Toronto Press, 2011). His work also has been featured in a number of publications such as Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Businessweek, Washington Internet Daily, Computerworld, KM Review, Government Health IT, and Human Resource Management International Digest. Desouza is the author of two reports for the IBM Center for The Business of Government, Challenge.gov: Using Competitions and Awards to Spur Innovation andRealizing the Promise of Big Data.

Desouza has advised, briefed, and/or consulted for major international corporations, nongovernmental organizations, and public agencies on strategic management issues ranging from management of information systems to knowledge management, competitive intelligence, and crisis management. He also has advised budding entrepreneurs launching new initiatives and organizations. Desouza’s current research includes strategic management of information systems in the public sector, innovation within public agencies and multi-sectoral networks, design of smart cities, and information and knowledge-sharing networks.

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Michael Keegan - Host, The Business of Government Hour and Managing Editor, The Business of Government Magazine


Fall 2015 Edition


From forging a unity of effort in homeland security to strategizing today how to field the U.S. Army of tomorrow; to pursuing affordable housing, eliminating fraud, waste, and abuse in healthcare, and securing cyberspace, this issue of The Business of Government magazine delves into a diverse set of topics and public management issues facing us today. Join Michael Keegan as he presents the leadership stories of a select group of public servants and thought leaders—merging real-world experience with practical scholarship.




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