Keith G. Provan
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Empirical Theory
The Keith G. Provan Award was established in 2015 by the
members of the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management to
posthumously honor the legacy of excellence that Keith brought to the field.
Throughout his career, Keith contributed high level
theory that transformed existing fields and broke open emergent disciplines in
management and public administration. The hallmark of Keith's work was
undoubtedly his contribution to theory building through empirical investigation.
His methods were varied and suited the question at hand, but his work always addressed
theory. Additionally, Keith reached into the best available literature to
inform his work, not limiting himself to his trained discipline (management) or
his adopted one (public administration)—but rather finding insight from an
eclectic set of literature and bringing the best knowledge to bear for the
problem at hand. Future recipients’
work should embody these same ideals.
Recipients should be a distinguished contributor to the
field of Public Administration. Her/his contribution should:
- Be interdisciplinary in integrating literature
from across perspectives
- Contribute substantially to both theory and
- Make a unique and identifiable contribution to
knowledge in public administration research
All nominations should be emailed directly to this year’s
chair of the committee, Kim Isett, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
by Friday February 12, 2016.
Nominations should include a copy of the nominated
individuals’ vita and a statement from the nominator. Self-nominations will not
All nominations will be reviewed by the award committee.
The committee will review the nominated individuals’ work to assess their
contribution to theory, empiricism, interdisciplinarity, impact of work, and
stature in the field.
The award will be presented at the Business meeting of
the Public and Nonprofit Division at the Annual Meeting. The Division is not
compelled to yearly bestow the award if a suitable candidate is not available.
Image of Keith Provan courtesy of the PNP Division