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General Information

Name:  George Beam  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other


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Beam is a professor of public administration at the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

George Beam is director of graduate studies for the Master of Public Administration program, associate professor of public administration, and affiliated faculty in the department of political science, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of several books.

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Titles At Your Library

Political Action: Key To Understanding Politics
ISBN: 0804008345

Swallow Press. 1984

Without a new focus on action, political science will remain sterile and without a more human politics, citizens will remain misinformed, apathetic, helpless. Political Action is controversial because it challenges the profession of political science. It suggests a paradigm shift which is important for allied social science disciplines as well. For political strategists it provides the methodological tool of political action propositions, which allow a careful calculation of the effects of alternative strategies.

Quality Public Management, What It Is and How It Can Be Improved and Advanced
ISBN: 0830415696

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2001

George Beam's Quality Public Management shows how public sector organizations can be managed to maximize performance and citizen satisfaction. Beam builds on the theories and practices of W. Edwards Deming, Joseph M. Juran, and Armand V. Feigenbaum, and presents a form of management that overcomes the limitations of TQM, privatization, competition, and 'running government like a business'. Quality Public Management demonstrates how the principles of Quality management can be successfully implemented in all major aspects of public organizations such as Processes (recruitment, training, compensation, promotion, budget and policy making, and procurement), Structures (teams, partnerships, and networks), and Personnel (line workers, middle management, and executive officers).
Beam's well-organized and carefully argued book will be of interest to Public Administration professionals, students, and concerned citizens alike.
A Burnham Publishers book

The Problem with Survey Research
ISBN: 141284603X

Transaction Publishers. 2012

The Problem with Survey Research makes a case against survey research as a primary source of reliable information. George Beam argues that all survey research instruments, all types of asking—including polls, face-to-face interviews, and focus groups—produce unreliable and potentially inaccurate results. Because those who rely on survey research only see answers to questions, it is impossible for them, or anyone else, to evaluate the results. They cannot know if the answers correspond to respondents’ actual behaviors (objective phenomena) or to their true beliefs and opinions (subjective phenomena). Reliable information can only be acquired by observation, experimentation, multiple sources of data, formal model building and testing, document analysis, and comparison.

In fifteen chapters divided into six parts—Ubiquity of Survey Research, The Problem, Asking Instruments, Asking Settings, Askers, and Proper Methods and Research Designs—The Problem with Survey Research demonstrates how asking instruments, settings in which asking and answering take place, and survey researchers themselves skew results and thereby make answers unreliable. The last two chapters and appendices examine observation, other methods of data collection and research designs that may produce accurate or correct information, and shows how reliance on survey research can be overcome, and must be.

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