Professor George Boyne

Professor George Boyne

Principal & Vice-Chancellor

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Professor George Boyne
Professor George Boyne

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Professor George Boyne became Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen on 1 August 2018.

Professor Boyne has spent the majority of his academic career in Wales. He was Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and a member of University Executive Board at Cardiff University since 2012.

He was previously Dean of Cardiff University’s Business School, and is a world-leading expert on the performance of public sector organisations. Professor Boyne has been a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences since 2010.


Latest Publications

  • What Explains Agency Heads’ Length of Tenure? Testing Managerial Background, Performance, and Political Environment Effects

    Petrovsky, N., James, O., Moseley, A., Boyne, G. A.

  • When Bureaucracy Matters for Organizational Performance: Exploring the Benefits of Administrative Intensity in Big and Complex Organizations

    Andrews, R., Boyne, G., Mostafa, A. M. S.

  • Public sector motivation ad fonts: Personality traits as antecedents of the motivation to serve the public interest

    Van Witteloostuijn, A., Esteve, M., Boyne, G.

  • The Politics of Agency Death: Ministers and the Survival of Government Agencies in a Parliamentary System

    James, O., Petrovsky, N., Moseley, A., Boyne, G. A.

  • Prosocial Behavior and Public Service Motivation

    Esteve, M., Urbig, D., van Witteloostuijn, A., Boyne, G.

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Research

Research Funding and Grants

 

Housing Grant Policies: An Evaluation (1988-89, £21,000 Welsh Office, with A.Millington).

Local Government in Wales: Its Role and Functions (1990-91, £15,500, Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

Local Government Reform in Scotland and Wales (1993-94, £45,000, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, with Grant Jordan, University of Aberdeen).

Spatial Equity and Local Government Finance: Who Gets What Where? (1995-97, £26,500, Leverhulme Trust, with Martin Powell, University of Bath).

Best Value in Welsh Local Government (1998-2000, £153,333, Welsh Office, with Richard Walker, Cardiff University, and Jennifer Law, University of Glamorgan).

Devolution and Regulation: Political Control of Public Bodies in Scotland and Wales (1999-2000, £44,000, ESRC, with Arthur Midwinter, University of Strathclyde, and Richard Walker, Cardiff University).

Strategy and Performance in Local Government (2001-2004, £163,893, ESRC, with Richard Walker, Cardiff University, and Jennifer Law, University of Glamorgan).

Long Term Evaluation of the Impact of Best Value (2001-2005, £1.1 million, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, with Steve Martin and Richard Walker, Cardiff University).

AIM Public Services Research Fellowship on Organizational Turnaround (2003-4 ESRC, £127k.)

Evaluation of Local Public Service Agreements (2003-7, £1.2 million, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; with the Office of Public Management).

Designing Outcome Measures For The Second Generation of Local Public Service Agreements (2004-6, £97k, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, with J.Law, University of Glamorgan).

Leadership Change and Public Services: Reinvigorating Performance or Reinforcing Decline? (2006-2008, £253k, ESRC, with P. John, Manchester, and O. James, Exeter)

Local Authority Size and Performance (2006-7, £56k, Department for Communities and Local Government, with R. Andrews, Cardiff University).

How Public Management Matters: Strategy, Networking and Local Service Performance (2006-2010, £750k, ESRC, with R. Walker, Hong Kong University, K. Meier, Texas A&M University, and L. O’Toole, University of Georgia).

Local Authority Form and Function: An Evaluation of the Impact of Structural Change (2008-2013, £820k, Department for Communities and Local Government; with the Office of Public Management and Price Waterhouse Coopers).

Chief Executive Succession and the Performance of Central Government Agencies (2010-2014, £216k, ESRC, with Oliver James, Exeter, and Nico Petrovsky, Kentucky).

 

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