Prof. Gerhard Hammerschmid is a professor in Public and Financial Management at Hertie and serves as academic director at the Institut fur den offentlichen Sektor E.V. (Institute for the Public Sector). As part of his previous professional activities, he spent two years in a federal ministry in Austria coordinating a major restructuring process as well as working on administrative reform projects, focusing on topics such as current public sector trends and practices, and innovative governance and coordination instruments. He is (co-)author of several books on public management reforms and modernizing trends and has published in various international journals (e.g. Public Administration, American Behavioral Scientist, Public Policy and Administration, Organization Studies, International Journal of Public Sector Management.