Steven M. Maser

Emeritus Professor of Public Management and Public Policy

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Contact Information

900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301


I teach courses on negotiation and conflict management. I also teach courses about politics. To me, politics isn't something restricted to public elections, legislatures, or bureaucracies. It's a form of conflict, more difficult in some situations than in others, but just as much a part of business as government. My job is to teach people how to identify, structure, and resolve conflict to serve the interests of their organizations.

I enjoy teaching in a professional school. The students are highly motivated and have a right to know the relevance of the theories we are teaching them. Providing the answer is a welcome challenge. To do that, I create courses with field projects. They breathe life into theory and serve a practical purpose.


Steven Maser is a Professor of Public Management and Public Policy at Atkinson Graduate School of Management. He teaches courses in negotiation and organizational conflict management. Professor Maser is a past director of the Atkinson School Executive Development Center and has served on numerous boards and commissions locally and regionally, including a citizens’ task force assigned to study bringing professional soccer to the city of Portland.

Steven has been a visiting professor of Political Economy at the Olin School of Business at Washington University, a visiting Professor at Tokyo International University and a visiting scholar at Yale Law School. His research has appeared in the Journal of Public Affairs Education, International Public Management Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and the Journal of Business and Management, among others.

Personal Interests:
Hiking, biking, jazz and musical theater, movies, reading.


  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Rochester
  • S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Areas of Instruction

Negotiation, Conflict Management, Public Policy

Research Interests

Negotiation, Conflict Management, Economics of Organizations

Selected Professional Activities

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette: Capital Project Proposal Review Committee

Audit Committee, Oregon Department of Human Services

Faculty Extern, Portland General Electric Company, Northwest Natural Gas Company

Commission on Peer Review & Accreditation, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration,; Member and Chair, Accreditation Standards Committee

Board of Directors, Salem Outreach Shelter

Sponsor, Workshop on Using Technology to Enhance Learning, Willamette University

Editorial Board: Rationality & Society, Electronic Hallway. Reviewer, American Journal of Political Science, Public Choice, American Political Science Review, Journal of Public Policy and Management.

Selected Publications

“The Bid-Protest Mechanism: Mitigating Governmental and Third-Party Opportunism?” International Public Management Review (with Vladimir Subbotin and Fred Thompson) 2012

“Organizational Economics and Lessons from Administrative Appeals in U.S. Department of Defense Contracting” Global Business and Economics Anthology (2011)

“Mitigating Spirals of Conflict in DOD Source Selections” Defense Acquisition Research Journal April 2011 (with Fred Thompson)

"The Fox and the Henhouse: On the Wisdom of GAO Audits of the Federal Reserve," (with Fred Thompson) The Economists' Voice: Vol. 7 : Iss. 4, Article 3, 2010.

“Public Administration Competencies for Students in the 21st Century” (with Jeff Raffel and Crystal Calarusse) in The State of Public Administration: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities, Donald Menzel and Harvey White, Editors (M.E.Sharpe: 2011)

“Helping Legislators Legislate: An Executive Education Program for State Senators” (with L. Leete), 13 Journal of Public Affairs Education, 2, Summer, 2007; Reprinted in 14 Journal of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries, 2, 2008.

Current Projects:

Grounding public mediation practice in theories of social choice, rhetoric, and behavioral economics (with S. Imperati)

Conflicts With Outside Parties as Symptoms of A Misaligned Management Control System

Learning About Ethics: An Experiential Approach (with J. Caldwell, L. Ettner and J. Roney)

Trading Off Conflict and Management Control: An Exploration

Willamette University

Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

Portland Center

200 SW Market Street, Suite 101
Portland Oregon 97201 U.S.A.

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