James Thompson, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Public Administration (1996) Syracuse University
Public Administration (M/C 278)
Professor James Thompson is interested in issues of organizational change and reform in the public sector. He also does research on the civil service, civil service reform, and human resource management. Recent publications include, “Toward ‘Flexible Uniformity’? Civil Service Reform, ‘Big Government Conservatism,’ and the Promise of the Intelligence Community Model” (Review of Public Personnel Administration, 2010), and “Personnel Demonstration Projects and Human Resource Management Innovation” (Review of Public Personnel Administration, 2008). Professor Thompson has written several human resource management-related reports for the IBM Center for the Business of Government including, Federated Human Resource Management in the Federal Government: The Intelligence Community Model (2009) and Designing and Implementing Performance-Oriented Payband Systems (2007). In 2007, the Partnership for Public Service published Professor Thompson’s report on, Training Supervisors to be Leaders: The Missing Element in Efforts to Improve Federal Performance.
Practical, versatile, foundational, relevant, transformational.