Ralph Brower
Ralph Brower
Ph.D., SUNY- Albany, Public Administration
M.P.A., University of Alaska-Anchorage
B.A., SUNY College at Potsdam, Sociology

Specializations: Nonprofit and Civic Leadership, Strategic Leadership, Human Resource Management

Phone: (850) 644-7614
Email: rbrower@fsu.edu
Office: 636 Bellamy

Dr. Brower is an Associate Professor and serves as Director of the Center for Civic and Nonprofit Leadership. His research and teaching interests include organization behavior and theory, qualitative research methods, organizational change and development, nonprofit management, and capacity building in the independent sector.

Recent Publications and Papers

Brower, R. S., Choi, S. O.; Jeong, H-S., & Dilling, J. (2009) "Forms of Inter- Organizational Learning in Emergency Management Networks." Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 6(1),

Article 66.Brower, R.S. & H-S. Jeong (2008). “Grounded Analysis: Going BeyondDescription to Drive Theory from Qualitative Data.” In K. Yang and G. J.Miller, eds., Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration,2nd Ed. Boca Raton , FL : CRC Press.

Jeong, H-S. & R.S. Brower (2008). “Extending the Present Understanding of Organizational Sensemaking: Three Stages and Three Contexts.” Administration & Society, 40, 223-252.

Thatcher, J.B., R.S. Brower, & R.M. Mason (Forthcoming). “Organizational Fields and the Diffusion of Information Technologies Within and Across the Nonprofit and Public Sectors: A Preliminary Theory.” American Review of Public Administration.

Choi, S.O. & R.S. Brower (2006). “When Practice Matters More Than Government Plans: A Network Analysis of Local Emergency Management.” Administration and Society, 37, pp. 651-678.

Berry, F.S. & R.S. Brower (2005). Intergovernmental and Intersectoral Administration: Weaving Networking, Contracting Out, and Management Roles into Third Party Government. Public Performance & Management Review, 29, pp. 7-17.

Berry, F.S., R.S. Brower, S.O. Choi, W.X. Gao, H. Jang, M. Kwon & J. Word. (2004). “Three Traditions of Network Research: What the Public Management Research Agenda Can Learn from Other Research Communities.” Public Administration Review, 64, pp. 539-552.

Klay, W.E. & R.S. Brower. (2003). "Information and the Shaping of Public Administration Education.” Journal of Public Administration (South Africa), 38, pp. 221-235.

Klay, W.E., R.S. Brower & B.N. Williams. (2001) "A Community Oriented Model of Academic Professionalism." Metropolitan Universities, 12, pp. 41-50.

Brower, R.S., M.Y. Abolafia & J.B. Carr (2000). “On Improving Qualitative Methods in Public Administration Research.” Administration & Society, 23, pp. 363-397.

Recent Awards and Achievements

Volunteer Florida Partnership Award, Co-recipient with Professor Frances Berry; Presented by Volunteer Florida at their Ten-Year Anniversary Celebration, Tallahassee, FL, November 2003.

1998-1999 Teaching Incentive Program Award, Florida State University, “For Excellence in College Teaching.”

1995-1996 National Best Dissertation Award, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

1996 Charles H. Levine Best Paper Award, Public and Nonprofit Sector Division, Academy of Management.

1996 Presidential Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award, University at Albany.

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