BOOKS & PAPERS

Sustainability Management: Lessons from and for New York City, America, and the Planet
Steven Cohen

Can we grow our world economy and create opportunities for the poor while keeping the planet intact? Can we maintain our vibrant, dynamic lifestyles while ensuring the Earth stays productive and viable? Aimed at managers, students, scholars, and policymakers, Sustainability Management answers these questions in the affirmative, arguing it is possible for environmentally sustainable business practices and policies to foster economic and long-term growth.

Written by a former analyst and consultant with the EPA, this book originally combines sustainable efforts in water, agriculture, urban, and power management to achieve—in practice, not just in theory—a sustainable planet and economy. Steven Cohen begins with the technical, financial, managerial, and political challenges of such a project, and then honestly assesses sustainable practices in the manufacturing and service industries. He addresses renewable and carbon-free energy production; water sustainability, especially with regard to energy issues involving filtration, distribution, and changing rainfall patterns; food cultivation and distribution; and ways to maintain the interdependent systems on which we depend to live. Taking examples from New York City, one of the most sustainable and sustainability-minded metropolises in the world, Cohen explains how everything from construction to waste management can be designed to facilitate a sustainable environment, not just for New York but also for the world. He concludes with this macroscopic view, outlining the global efforts necessary to preserve biodiversity and ecosystems, and the impact of war, terrorism, and human conflict on sustainability.

Published by Columbia University Press
ISBN: 978-0-231-15258-7
Hardcover 
200 pages
July, 2011
$35.00

The Responsible Contract Manager: Protecting the Public Interest in an Outsourced World
Steven Cohen and William Eimicke

In The Responsible Contract Manager, the authors have written an essential book for contemporary public managers. Contract management is a critical skill for every manager to master in these current times. As more government duties are contracted out, managers must learn to coordinate and measure the performance of private contractors, and to write contract requirements and elicit bids that obtain important services and products at the best possible price and quality. They must also learn to work in teams that include both public and private sector partners.

This book fills a major gap in public management literature by providing a clear and practical introduction to the best practices of contract management. Imperative to this understanding is the discussion of public ethics, governance and representation theory. These elements make this book an essential guide for all public management scholars, students, and practitioners.

Published by Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 978-1-58901-214-1
Paperback
256 pages
October, 2008
$26.95

The Effective Public Manager: Achieving Success in a Changing Government (Fourth Edition)
Steven Cohen, William Eimicke and Tanya Heikkila

Since it was first published more than twenty years ago, The Effective Public Manager has become the classic resource for public administrators and students. The fourth edition of this groundbreaking work synthesizes the current thinking in the field and presents practical lessons and tools in a highly accessible format. Focused on helping real-world managers and managers-to-be meet the demands of their jobs head-on rather than working around the constraints of government, this book offers a fresh approach to implementing effective management tools in a dynamic political, organizational, economic, and technological context.

Steven Cohen is director of The Executive MPA Program and The MPA In Earth Systems Science, Policy and Management of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He is coauthor of Total Quality Management in Government.

William Eimicke is director of the Picker Center for Executive Education of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Tanya Heikkila is assistant professor of Public Affairs Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

ISBN: 978-0-470-28244-1
Hardcover
416 pages
September 2008
US $44.00
.95

Understanding Environmental Policy
Steven Cohen

In Understanding Environmental Policy, Steven Cohen introduces an innovative, multidimensional framework for developing effective environmental policy within the United States and around the world. He demonstrates his approach through an analysis of four case studies representing current local, national, and international environmental challenges: New York City's garbage crisis; the problem of leaks from underground storage units; toxic waste contamination and the Superfund program; and global climate change. He analyzes the political, scientific, technological, organizational, and moral import of these environmental issues and the nature of the policy surrounding them. He also places a specific focus on the response from the George W. Bush administration.

Cohen considers how our current environmental policy and problems reflect the value we place on our ecosystems; whether science and technology can solve the environmental problems they create; and what policy is necessary to reduce environmentally damaging behaviors. Cohen's multifaceted approach is essential reading for analysts, managers, activists, students, and scholars of environmental policy.

Published by Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0-231-13537-8
Paperback
240 pages
July, 2006
$26.50

Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation: A Policy Approach that Works
Steven Cohen, Sheldon Kamieniecki, Matthew A. Cahn

This book provides an innovative model for the design of effective environmental regulation, and proposes a strategic regulatory model to ensure a correspondence between private behavior and public aims.  The proposed strategic model relies on a strong, interactive relationship between business and government, and considers a regulation’s objectives, target audience, and the nature of the regulatory agency in creating an effective plan. The authors consider two case studies—the use of the gasoline additive MTBE and the cleanup of underground storage tanks—to illustrate the application of their model. While the introduction of the additive MTBE was meant to produce cleaner-burning gas, it instead added to groundwater and air pollution. This case study demonstrates the weaknesses of a top-down, fragmented regulatory approach. On the other hand, the cleanup of underground storage tanks was a successful venture, because of its strategic, results-oriented method. Aware that regulation works better in some cases than others, the authors provide alternative approaches as well. The authors’ main goal is to lay an innovative groundwork to better environmental quality-control.

ISBN: 0262532751
Paperback, 304pp
December 2005
Published by MIT Press

Total Quality Management in Government: A Practical Guide for the Real World
Steven Cohen, Ronald Brand

This book sheds light on applying TQM in the real world of government organizations--showing how to introduce TQM, overcome barriers to change, and make TQM a success story of any government agency. Drawing on extensive research and their own school of hard knocks experience implementing TQM in a unit of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Steven Cohen and Ronald Brand present straightforward, practical advice on implementing TQM in government settings. The authors cite examples of TQM successes in specific government agencies--including the Treasury Department, U.S. Air Force, and Department of Veteran Affairs--to reveal how the principles of TQM can be applied at all levels of government. In addition, the book provides numerous charts and diagrams that show concretely how to apply the concepts and techniques of TQM within any governmental unit. The authors offer case examples that detail what organizational changes--from modifications of clerical procedures to major alterations of agency policy--need to be implemented when TQM is introduced in government agencies.

Published by Jossey-Bass
ISBN: 1-55542-539-9
Cloth April 1993
252 pages $29.95

Tools for Innovators
Steven Cohen, William Eimicke

Today's public administrators must be more than effective managers of their agencies' internal operations. In order to thrive in the complex interorganizational relationships spanning governments, nonprofit organizations, and private firms in a global economy, public managers and their organizations must be capable of great flexibility and innovation to be truly effective. Today's public managers must move beyond competence to become creative innovators and agents of change. Tools for Innovators introduces public managers to the tools that today's most innovative leaders are using to bring about change in their organizations. Steven Cohen and William Eimicke distinguish tools for innovation from traditional functional tools such as budgeting, human resource management, and organizational structure. The six key innovation tools they examine are: * Strategic Planning * Reengineering * Total Quality Management * Benchmarking, Performance Measurement and Management * Team Management * Privatization They show what the innovation tools are all about , how to use them, their costs and benefits and perhaps most critically, how to use them together—showing how to integrate them into a single framework of management innovation. Concrete case examples of successful innovation efforts drawn from the authors' own experiences provide examples of the challenges managers face as they attempt to innovate. These cases discuss how innovations are introduced and adjusted to the specific needs of real-world situations. The creative public manager must continually look for new tools and new approaches. Tools for Innovators will help in this search, enabling managers to meet the challenges of a changing public sector.

Steven Cohen is Associate Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and director of Columbia University's Graduate Program in Public Policy and Administration. William Eimicke is the director of the SIPA's Public Management Training Center and Program in Politics and Public Policy.

Published by Jossey-Bass
ISBN: 0-7879-0953-X
Hardcover March 1998
About 288 pages

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