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Robert Christensen

MPA Director, Professor and George Romney-Fellow Disting,
Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics

Website: http://robchristensen.weebly.com

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Dr. Christensen is professor and George W. Romney Research Fellow in the MPA Program at the Romney Institute of Public Management in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. Dr. Christensen is passionate about public service. He studies and teaches classes about public and nonprofit organizations and personnel--including courts and judges--to advance public service education and practice. His research focuses on public and nonprofit management and is interested in (1) public service employees and (2) public service organizations. At the employee level he is interested in the impact of antisocial and prosocial motives and behaviors. The former includes race and gender prejudice; the latter includes public service motivation, volunteerism, workplace philanthropy, and organizational citizenship. At the organizational level he is interested in the relationship between courts (broadly institutions of public law) and public administration. His work appears in such journals as the Journal of Public Administration Review and Theory, Public Administration Review, International Public Management Journal, Nonprofit Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Public Administration, Administration & Society and several law reviews.

Selected Publications

  • "Familiarity matters: Corporate philanthropy and employee workplace giving and volunteering.", Voluntary Sector Review, 2023
  • "Elevating public service motivation research and practice", International Public Management Journal, 2021
  • "Perry, James", Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, Pages 2437--2442, Routledge, 2020
  • "Attitudinal Divergence and Convergence Concerning Collaboration: A Descriptive Case of Public Education in Georgia", Public Performance and Management Review, Edition 6, Volume 43, 2020
  • "Bridging the Public Service Motivation and Calling Literatures", Public Administration Review, 2018
  • "Race and gender bias in three administrative contexts: impact on work assignments in state supreme courts", Edition 4, Volume 22, Pages 625–648, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 2012
  • "Race and Gender Bias in Three Administrative Contexts: Impact on Work Assignments in State Supreme Courts (vol 22, pg 625, 2012)", Edition 1, Volume 28, Pages 164-164, JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION RESEARCH AND THEORY, 2012
  • "State Supreme Court Majority Opinion Assignment", APSA 2012 Annual Meeting Paper, 2012


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