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Chris Silvia

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Chris Silvia is an Associate Professor in the Romney Institute of Public Management at Brigham Young University where he teaches courses in quantitative analysis, collaboration, and public and nonprofit service design. He received a PhD in Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University and A Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Utah. Dr. Silvia’s current research examines the leadership behaviors exhibited by leaders in intersectoral networks. In addition to focusing on leadership, his broader research agenda includes work in the areas collaboration and public and non-profit service delivery. His work has been published in various journals, including the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Administration, Public and Performance Management Review, and The Leadership Quarterly.


  • Master of Public Administration, Public Management, Brigham Young University, 2004
  • Master of Science in Public Health, Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics and Safety, University of Utah, 2000
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Studies, Physical Therapy, Boston University, 1996

Group Affiliations

  • International Research Society for Public Management — 2017
  • International Public Management Network — 2014
  • Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action — 2013
  • Academy of Management — 2009
  • American Society for Public Administration — 2009

Selected Publications

  • "Hansmann’s Contract Failure Theory: Correct but Irrelevant", Academy of Management Proceedings, 2020
  • "Evaluating Collaboration: The Solution to One Problem Often Causes Another", Public Administration Review, 2018
  • "Picking the Team: A Preliminary Experimental Study of the Activation of Collaborative Network Members", Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 2018
  • "Assessing the Impact of Policy Interventions on the Adoption of Plug-In Electric Vehicles: An Agent-Based Model", Energy Policy, 2016
  • "Fostering Affective Organizational Commitment in Public Sector Agencies: The Significance of Multifaceted Leadership Roles", Public Administration, 2015
  • "Leading Public Sector Networks: An Empirical Examination of Integrative Leadership Behaviors", The Leadership Quarterly, Edition 2, Volume 21, Pages 264-277, 2010
  • "The Effect of Problem Severity, Managerial and Organizational Capacity, and Agency Structure on Intergovernmental Collaboration: Evidence from Local Emergency Management", Public Administration Review, Edition 2, Volume 70, Pages 279-288, 2010


Academic - Post-Secondary

  • Assistant Professor, University of Kansas, 2010–2013


  • Captain, Medical Service Corp, United States Air Force, 2004–2006


  • BYU Master of Public Administration Student Association Professor of the Year, Master of Public Administration Student Association, 2018
  • BYU Master of Public Administration Student Association Professor of the Year, Master of Public Administration Student Association, 2015
  • Teaching Award for Outstanding Associate Instructor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, 2009
  • Graduate Fellow, Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, 2007
  • Graduate Fellow, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, 1997


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