Laurence O’Toole

Laurence O'TooleDistinguished Research Professor 2010

Laurence O’Toole, Margaret Hughes and Robert T. Golembiewski Professor of Public Administration, is a leading scholar in the study of public policy implementation—what happens between establishing formal government plans and the result. His most significant contributions have been to address some of the foundational theoretical questions of the field while also contributing in several other fields of public policy and management. He is among the most influential researchers in developing new theories of public management in settings involving multiple organizations. He has produced a set of theoretical and empirical papers that have redefined the field of public administration, some of which have redirected the flow of research worldwide. As a result, researchers have put particular emphasis on examining the impacts of management on organizational performance in the public sector. He has written, co-written, and/or edited 11 books and published 145 papers and book chapters. His work is among the reasons UGA’s graduate program in management currently ranks fourth in the nation as rated byU.S. News and World Report.