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Steven J. Kelman

Abstract


Recently, I was teaching in an executive education program at the Kennedy School for GS-l5 level (and uniformed equivalent) federal managers. During a class discussion of public-sector performance measurement, a woman from the Defense Logistics Agency spoke about how her organization had used performance measures as a tool in their effort to re-orient the agency towards a greater results-orientation and customer focus. Having listened to her account, another participant across the room raised his hand to identify himself as a customer of the Defense Department supply system. He had noticed the difference. The system was serving him better, he said.


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