Michael Mintrom

Michael Mintrom
  • Category: Faculty, EMPA Faculty
  • Job Title: Professor of Public Sector Management
  • Organisation: ANZSOG and Monash University
  • Suburb/Town: Melbourne
  • State/Region: VIC
  • Country: Australia
  • Phone: +61 (03) 9035 3244
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Areas of expertise

  • Innovation
  • Public policy/policy analysis
  • Reform/change management

Michael Mintrom is a professor of Public Sector Management at Monash University. He holds a joint appointment as the Monash Chair at ANZSOG, where he serves as Academic Director of the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) degree. He is a past president of the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association.

Prof Mintrom began his career in the New Zealand Treasury (1987-1990). He holds a PhD in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1994) and an MA in Economics from the University of Canterbury (1986). He has previously taught and researched at Michigan State University (1994-2002) and the University of Auckland (2002-2011). He chaired a Taskforce on Early Childhood Education for the New Zealand Government, which reported in 2011.

During his career, Prof Mintrom's research and writing has addressed three questions: (1) How do leaders promote political and policy change? (2) What drives innovation in public policymaking and in organisations? And (3) What is effective policy analysis? His recent research has examined policy entrepreneurship and the creation of knowledge economies, teamwork in the policy process, the creation of organisational cultures of excellence, and the assessments of public policies as investments.

ANZSOG Programs
  • Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) (Academic Director)
  • Policy and Program Skills (workshop leader)
  • Project Management for Policy Implementation (workshop leader)
Selected publications
  • Gunn, A., & Mintrom, M. (2016). Evaluating the non-academic impact of academic research: design considerations. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, early online.
  • Gunn, A., & Mintrom, M. (2016). Higher Education Policy Change in Europe: Academic Research Funding and the Impact Agenda. European Education, 48(4), 241-257.
  • Mintrom, M. & Luetjens, J. (2015) Creating Public Value: Tightening Connections Between Policy Design and Public Management. Policy Studies Journal, early online. DOI: 10.1111/psj.12116.
  • Mintrom, M. (2014) Herbert Simon's Administrative Behavior. In E. Page and S. Balla (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Classic Works in Public Policy and Public Administration. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 12-21.
  • Mintrom, M. (2014) Policy Entrepreneurs and Morality Politics: Learning from Failure and Success. In I. Aflaki, L. Miles & E. Petridou (eds), Entrepreneurship in the Polis: Contested Entrepreneurs and Dynamics of Change in Diverse Contexts. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, p. 103-118.
  • Mintrom, M. (2014) Creating Cultures of Excellence: Strategies and Outcomes. Cogent Education, 1(1): 1-15.
  • Mintrom, M., Salisbury, C. & Luetjens, J. (2014) Policy Entrepreneurs and the Promotion of Australian State Knowledge Economies. Australian Journal of Political Science, 49(3): 423-438.
  • Mintrom, M. & Salisbury, C. (2014) Policy Entrepreneurs, Creative Teamwork, and Policy Change. In D. Alexander and J. Lewis (eds), Making Public Policy Decisions: Expertise, Skills, and Experience. London: Routledge, p. 129-145.
  • Mintrom, M. & Walley, R. (2013) Education Governance in Comparative Perspective. In P. Manna and P. McGuinn (eds), Education Governance for the Twenty-First Century: Overcoming the Structural Barriers to School Reform. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, p. 252-274.
  • Mintrom, M. (2013) Policy Entrepreneurs and Controversial Science: Governing Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Journal of European Public Policy, 20: 442-457.
  • Gunn, A. & Mintrom, M. (2013) Global University Alliances and the Creation of Collaborative Advantage. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 35(2): 179-192.
  • Mintrom, M. & Williams, C. (2013) Public Policy Debate and the Rise of Policy Analysis. In E. Araral Jr, S. Fritzen, M. Howlett, M. Ramesh, & X. Wu (eds), Routledge Handbook of Public Policy. Oxon: Routledge, p. 3-16.