In memory of Professor Paul A. Andrisani

The Center for Competitive Government (formerly the Privatization Research Center) deals with description, evaluation and planning of innovations by government. Current research projects include the following:

  • identification of “best practices” in competitive government
  • city by city and state by state comparisons of innovative practices in government
  • privatization of police, water and wastewater and transportation facilities
  • restructuring police emergency response, including burglar alarms
  • public-private partnerships of free trade zones
  • national analysis of contracting-out efforts, including states’ human services.


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Drs. Simon Hakim, Howard A. Stern, and Robert M. Clark invite interested authors to submit an abstract for a chapter in an upcoming book about technology innovations in cities. The objective of the book is to highlight technological innovations that provide efficient public service delivery, improve quality of life, and enhance information delivery. Chapters should discuss case studies in technology and managerial innovation and may address issues such as:

  • Building citizen engagement, collaboration, and government transparency with information technology
  • The role of Broadband in the creative urban economy
  • Creating sustainable solutions with technology
  • Enhancing the security of our cities through technology
  • Technology as an urban economic development engine
  • Creating government efficiency through a mobile workforce
  • Digital mapping and structural information of cities
  • Public-Private Partnerships in creating and managing urban innovations.

Contributors from academia, government, industry, and consulting are invited to propose chapters. We wish to include a variety of topics and author disciplines, and encourage examples of international urban technology innovations. A chapter is usually 15-20 double spaced pages and should not exceed 30 pages. The deadline for submission of an abstract is April 15, 2011. If you are interested in proposing a chapter for the book, please submit an abstract and a short bio of the authors to Dr. Howard Stern at


Professor Simon Hakim of Temple University and Associate Professor O. Shawn Cupp of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College invite interested authors to submit an abstract for a chapter in a forthcoming book on Securing the Food and Agriculture Sector for the 21st Century which is part of a book series on Protecting Critical Infrastructures, Springer Publishers.  The first book in the series was on Safeguarding Homeland Security: Governors & Mayors Speak Out.

The book Securing the Food and Agriculture Sector for the 21st Century is quite inclusive in scope focusing on all aspects of the infrastructure of food and agriculture production, processing, and even food preparation.  Chapters may address other issues such as:

  • pathogens in food and agriculture
  • procedures in processing food and agricultural products
  • the federal government’s ability to provide oversight and consumer protection
  • tracking technologies like Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for agricultural and food products
  • innovations in securing the food and agriculture sector
  • challenges with relying on computer assisted monitoring of food products
  • markets and future of globalization
  • unique aspects of agriculture supply and demand
  • future food and agriculture policy issues
  • demands placed upon food security organizations in the future
  • risk analysis of food and agricultural sector subjects of concern

The chapter length should not exceed 30 double spaced pages.  If you are interested in joining this effort please send us an abstract of no more than 500 words.   The abstracts should be addressed to Professor Hakim at or to Dr. Cupp at

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The Center for Government and Technology will provide a leadership forum in public management to foster innovative public-private partnership solutions to local government problems. The Center will promote the improvement of the management of local government services, including health and human services, education, public safety, the administration of justice, transportation, and public services using technology and telecommunications through research, education, and public forums.


The Center helps governments identify candidates for privatization and outsourcing, and suggests step-by-step procedures for restructuring public services. The Center organizes conferences, conducts research and consulting projects, publishes reports, books, and articles in academic/professional journals and magazines.

The Center also has substantial experience in conducting large-scale consumer satisfaction surveys for the airport industry. Survey instruments have been developed, verified for statistical significance, and administered to airport passengers and visitors. Center staff have analyzed the results and prepared reports for airport management. Center members have also conducted large-scale consumer surveys for the electronic security industry. They have also participated in surveying a population for regional airport usage. Surveys, especially of airport users, have been an important component of the Center’s activities.

The Center is part of the The Fox School of Business and Management. Dr. Simon Hakim is the director and Drs. Erwin Blackstone, Gary Bowman, Thomas Daymont, and Paul Seidenstat are Research Fellows.