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Kevin Desouza

Kevin Desouza

Associate Professor of Public Affairs


  • Associate Professor of Public Affairs


Kevin C. Desouza serves as the Associate Dean for Research at the College of Public Programs and is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. He is also serving as the Interim Director of ASU’s Decision Theater. Immediately prior to joining ASU, he direced the Metropolitan Institute in the College of Architecture an Urban Studies and served as an associate professor at the Center for Public Administration and Policy within the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. From 2005-2011, he was on the faculty of the University of Washington (UW) Information School and held held adjunct appointments in the UW’s College of Engineering and at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs. At UW, he co-founded and directed the Institute for Innovation in Information Management (I3M); founded the Institute for National Security Education and Research, an inter-disciplinary, university-wide initiative, in August 2006 and served as its director until February 2008; and was an affiliate faculty member of the Center for American Politics and Public Policy. He holds a visiting professorship at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. He has held visiting positions at the Center for International Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, the Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier (GSCM) Business School in France, and the Accenture Institute for High Business Performance in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). In the private sector, he founded the Engaged Enterprise and its think-tank, the Institute for Engaged Business Research. The Engaged Enterprise was a global strategy consulting firm with expertise in the areas of knowledge management, crisis management, strategic deployment of information systems, and government and competitive intelligence assignments.

Desouza has authored, co-authored, and/or edited nine books and has published more than 125 articles in prestigious practitioner and academic journals. Desouza's work spans multiple disciplinary and his publications have appeared in leading information systems, management, public administration, innovation, technology management, and software engineering journals. His most recent book is Intrapreneurship: Managing Ideas Within Your Organization (University of Toronto Press, 2011). His work has also been featured by a number of publications such as Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Businessweek, Washington Internet Daily, Computerworld, KM Review, Government Health IT, and Human Resource Management International Digest. He has been interviewed by the press on outlets such as Voice of America, Manager, Federal News Radio, among others. He has been invited to edit special issues of several prominent journals such as Technology Forecasting and Social Change, Information Systems Journal, and the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, among others. In addition, he serves on a number of editorial boards, including the board of the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, and has reviewed research for government agencies such as the Research Council of Norway, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, the National Research Foundation of South Africa, and the Qatar National Research Fund-Qatar Foundation, among others. Desouza has received over $1.7 million in research funding from both private and government organizations.

Desouza has advised, briefed, and/or consulted for major international corporations, non-governmental organizations, and public agencies on strategic management issues ranging from management of information systems, to knowledge management, competitive intelligence, and crisis management. He has also advised budding entrepreneurs launching new initiatives and organizations.

A sought after speaker on innovation, strategic management of information systems, and global knowledge management, Desouza has given more than sixty invited talks. Desouza's current research examines: 1) strategic management of information systems in the public sector, 2) innovation within public agencies and multi-sectoral networks, 3) design of smart cities, and 4) information and knowledge sharing networks.

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