Kevin C. Desouza is a Foundation Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. He served from 2012 to 2016 as the inaugural associate dean for research for ASU's College of Public Service and Community Solutions. He is also a non-resident senior fellow with the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. He formerly held faculty posts at Virginia Tech and at the University of Washington.

A consultant to corporations, non-governmental organizations and public agencies on strategic-management issues, he founded the Engaged Enterprise, a global strategy-consulting firm, and its think tank, the Institute for Engaged Business Research. He serves on the board of directors for the Alliance for Innovation.

Desouza has authored, co-authored and/or edited nine books; his most recent book is Intrapreneurship: Managing Ideas Within Your Organization. He received his undergraduate degree in accounting and information and decision sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000 and his doctorate in management of information systems from UIC in 2006.

December 8, 2017

Governing in the Age of the Artificially Intelligent City

The public sector needs a discussion about issues of transparency, fairness and the preservation of human values.
September 26, 2016

What Simulators Could Do for Public Management

We have the technology to build systems for immersive, realistic training. It could go a long way toward improving outcomes.
May 5, 2016

Why ‘Open and Frugal’ Should Be the Default for Government IT

So many projects cost too much and take too long. It's time for a better approach.
January 13, 2016

Civic Labs: Improving Public Services From the Bottom Up

Innovation platforms are springing up all over, engaging citizens in the process. Government's challenge is to manage and nurture them.
August 28, 2015

IT and the Metrics That Really Matter

CIOs need to develop better ways to measure how technology is affecting government outcomes.
July 13, 2015

Local Governments and the Challenge of Rapid Economic Change

To get ahead of the game, public leaders need to be proactive, and they need to collaborate.
May 12, 2015

Why We Need to Get Away From Innovation by Anecdote

Feel-good stories are nice, but there's a role for academia in bringing scientific rigor to the process.
April 17, 2015

Can Government Learn to Live With the Sharing Economy?

It's a mistake to try to control or regulate innovation. Think about what happened to the music business.
March 5, 2015

CIOs, Dashboards and the Cobbler’s-Children Syndrome

Many governments are embracing data analytics, both for public consumption and to guide their internal work. But there's one area that's missing out: IT departments' own operations.
November 10, 2014

Turning Governments into Innovation Machines

The key is "intrapreneurship" — establishing a public-sector culture that rewards disruption from within.
September 4, 2014

When Citizens Bypass Government

The growth of citizen-powered engagement platforms is a challenge for local governments, but it's a phenomenon they should embrace.