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John M. Bryson is McKnight Presidential Professor Emeritus at the at the University of Minnesota. He works in the areas of leadership, strategic management, collaboration, and the design of organizational and community change processes. He wrote the best-selling and award-winning Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 5th Edition (2018), and co-wrote with Barbara C. Crosby the award-winning Leadership for the Common Good, 2nd Edition (2005). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Professor Bryson has received many awards for his work, including five best book awards, six outstanding article awards, the General Electric Award for Outstanding Research in Strategic Planning from the Academy of Management, and the Distinguished Research Award and the Charles H. Levine Memorial Award for Excellence in Public Administration, given jointly by the American Society for Public Administration and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. In addition, he has received five lifetime scholarly achievement awards: the 2011 Dwight Waldo Award from the American Society for Public Administration; the 2018 H. George Frederickson Award from the Public Management Research Association; the 2019 Keith G. Provan Award (jointly with Barbara Crosby) from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management; the 2020 John Gaus Award from the Public Policy and Public Administration Divisions of the American Political Science Association; and the Routledge Prize for lifetime contributions to public management research from the International Research Society for Public Management.

He currently serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Discoveries, International Public Management JournalPerspectives on Public Management and GovernancePublic Management Review, and Public Performance and Management Review. Professor Bryson has served in a variety of roles at the university and Humphrey School, including twice being associate dean. He has consulted with a wide variety of governing bodies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit corporations in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Professor Bryson holds a doctorate and master of science degree in urban and regional planning, and a master of arts degree in public policy and administration, all from the University of Wisconsin. He was awarded a BA degree in economics from Cornell University.