Gerhard Hammerschmid is Professor of Public and Financial Management at the Hertie School. His research focuses on public management reform, comparative public administration, public sector performance management and personnel management. Hammerschmid also serves as academic head at the Institut für den öffentlichen Sektor e.V. and is coordinator and partner of various EU-funded research projects (COCOPS, LIPSE, EUPACK, TROPICO) on public management reform. He has been guest professor at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and the Copenhagen Business School. Before joining Hertie he was assistant professor at the Institute for Public Management at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien) and spent three years in a federal ministry in Austria coordinating a major restructuring and administrative reform. Hammerschmid studied business at the University of St. Gallen and received his PhD from the WU Wien.