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Sandford F. Borins

Sandford F. Borins

Professor of Strategic Management, Department of Management, University of Toronto Scarborough

Degrees:

PhD, Harvard University
MPP, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
BA, Harvard University

Personal Website:

Bio

Sandford Borins is a Professor of Strategic Management, Department of Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where he served as its founding Chair from 1991 to 2003. He has graduate appointments at the Strategic Management area at Rotman, the School of Public Policy and Governance, and the Political Science Department. He is also a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research focuses on narrative and innovation. His books include, The Persistence of Innovation in Government (2014), Governing Fables: Learning from Public Sector Narratives (2011) and Innovating with Integrity (1998). He is currently working on a sequel to Governing Fables dealing with management narratives about the private sector.

Other Info

Posts a blog at www.sandfordborins.com.

Academic Positions

  • 1990 to present

    Professor of Strategic Management, Department of Management, University of Toronto Scarborough

  • 1990-Present

    Professor of Strategic Management, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

  • 2003-04

    Scholar in Residence, Ontario Cabinet Office

  • 1991-2003

    Chair, Department of Management, University of Toronto Scarborough

  • 1999

    Visiting Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley

  • 1993-1994

    Adjunct Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

  • 1988-1990

    Professor, Policy Area, Faculty of Administrative Studies, York University

  • 1982-1987

    Associate Professor, Policy Area, Faculty of Administrative Studies, York University

  • 1979-1982

    Assistant Professor, Policy Area, Faculty of Administrative Studies, York University

  • 1985-1988

    Associate Dean, Faculty of Administrative Studies, York University

  • 1977-1979

    Assistant Professor, Policy and Environment Department, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University

Selected Publications - Papers

  • Making Narrative Count: A Narratological Approach to Public Management Innovation

    Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

    2012

    Pages: 165-89

  • Strategic Planning from Robert McNamara to Gov 2.0

    Public Administration Review

    Issue:December

    2010

    Pages: 220-221

  • A Holistic View of Public Sector Information Technology

    Sandford Borins

    Journal of E-Government

    2004

    Pages: pp.3-29

  • From Research to Practice: A Study of Public Administration Scholars in Canada

    Sandford Borins

    Canadian Public Administration

    2003

    Pages: pp. 243-56

  • Leadership and Innovation in the Public Sector

    Sandford Borins

    Leadership and Organizational Development Journal

    2002

    Pages: pp.467-76

  • On the Frontiers of Electronic Governance: A Report on the United States and Canada

    Sandford Borins

    International Review of Administrative Sciences

    2002

    Pages: pp.199-211

  • Managing Airports: A Test of the New Public Management

    Asheesh Advani and Sandford Borins

    International Public Management Journal

    2001

    Pages: pp. 91-107

  • Public Management Innovation in Economically Advanced adn Developing Countries

    Sandford Borins

    International Review of Administrative Sciences

    2001

    Pages: pp. 715-31

  • Loose Cannons and Rule Breakers or Enterprising Leaders? Some Evidence about Innovative Public Managers

    Sandford Borins

    Public Administration Review

    2000

    Pages: pp. 498-507

  • What Border? Public Management Innovation in the United States and Canada

    Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

    Issue:19:1 (Spring)

    2000

    Pages: pp. 46-74

  • Innovating with Integrity: Evidence from the Ford Foundation-Kennedy School of Government Awards

    Public Integrity

    Issue:1:4 (Fall)

    1999

    Pages: pp. 375-378

  • Government in Transition: A New Paradigm in Public Administration

    Government in Transition: The Inaugural Conference of the Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management (London: Commonwealth Secretariat)

    1995

    Pages: pp. 3-23

  • Public Sector Innovation: The Implications of New Forms of Organization and Work

    in D. Savoie and H. Guy Peters, (Eds.), Governance in a Changing Environment (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press)

    1995

    Pages: pp. 224-47

  • The New Public Management is Here to Stay

    Canadian Public Administration

    Issue:Vol. 38:1, (Spring)

    1995

  • Statecraft: the Effective Use of Political Power

    Business Quarterly

    Issue:57 (Autumn)

    1992

    Pages: pp. 52- 56

  • Public choice: 'Yes Minister' made it popular, but does winning a Nobel prize make it true?

    Canadian Public Administration

    Issue:31 (Spring)

    1988

    Pages: pp. 12-26

  • Management of the Public Sector in Japan: Are There Lessons to be Learned?

    Canadian Public Administration

    Issue:29 (Summer)

    1986

    Pages: pp. 175-96

  • The Economic Effects of Non-optimal Pricing and Investment Policies for Substitute Transport Facilities

    Canadian Journal of Economics

    Issue:17 (February)

    1984

    Pages: pp. 80-94

Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

  • The Persistence of Innovation in Government

    Brookings Institution Press

    2014

    Pages: 227 pages

  • Governing Fables: Learning from Public Sector Narratives

    Information Age Publishing

    2011

    Pages: 291 pages

  • Innovations in Government: Research, Recognition, and Replication

    Brookings

    2008

    Pages: 231 pp.

  • Digital State at the Leading Edge

    Sandford Borins et al

    University of Toronto Press (www.digitalstate.org)

    2007

    Pages: 446 pp.

  • If you Build It .. Business, Government and Ontario's Electronic Toll Highway

    Chandran Mylvaganam and Sandford Borins

    University of Toronto Press (www.407etrbook.com)

    2005

    Pages: 164 pp.

  • The New Public Organization

    with Kenneth Kernaghan and Brian Marson

    Toronto: Institute of Public Administration of Canada

    2000

    Pages: 368 pp.

  • Innovating with Integrity: How Local Heroes are Transforming American Government

    Washington: Georgetown University Press

    1998

    Pages: 346 pp.

  • Political Management in Canada

    with Allan E. Blakeney

    University of Toronto Press

    Issue:2nd edition

    1998

    Pages: 293 pp.

  • Investments in Failure: Five Government Corporations that Cost the Canadian Taxpayer Billions

    with L.T. Brown

    Toronto: Methuen, September

    1986

  • The Language of the Skies: The Bilingual Air Traffic Control Conflict in Canada Montreal

    McGill-Queens University Press, Translated as Le francais dans les airs: le conflit du bilinguisme dans le controle de la circulation aerienne au Canada (Montreal: Editions Cheneliere et Stanke

    Issue:April

    1983

Research and Teaching Interests

Teaches and conducts research on narrative in management and public sector innovation.

Honors and Awards

  • 2003 to present

    Fellow, Royal Society for the Arts (UK)

  • 1986-Present

    Listed in Canadian Who's Who,

  • 1990

    Social Science Federation of Canada Certificate of Merit for The Language of the Skies, Judged one of the twenty best books written in English with the support of the Aid to Scholarly Publications programme

  • 1971

    Woodrow Wilson Fellowship,

  • 1971

    Elected to Phi Beta Kappa,

Academic / Professional Service

  • 2007 to present

    Member and Chair, Independent Review Committee, Chou Associates Management Inc.

  • 2003-07

    President, Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (www.cappa.ca)

  • 1995-2001

    Senior Fellow, Canadian Centre for Management Development

  • 1999-2000

    Advisor to the Auditor-General of Canada,

  • 1996-1998

    Chair, Panel of Judges:Amethyst Awards for Excellence in the Ontario Public Service

  • 1995-1998

    Member, Board of Directors: Ontario Transportation Capital Corporation

  • 1994-1995

    Member, Panel of Judges: Amethyst Awards for Excellence in the Ontario Public Service

  • 1990

    Member, Panel of Judges: Institute of Public Administration of Canada Innovative Management Award

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