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Malcolm Sparrow  

Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Malcolm K. Sparrow is Professor of the Practice of Public Management at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is Faculty Chair of the school’s executive program “Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies.”

He served 10 years with the British Police Service, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. He has conducted internal affairs investigations, commanded a tactical firearms unit, and has extensive experience with criminal investigation. His research interests include regulatory and enforcement strategy, fraud control, corruption control, and operational risk management. He is also a patent-holding inventor in the area of computerized fingerprint analysis. He holds an MA in mathematics from Cambridge University, an MPA from the Kennedy School, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Kent University at Canterbury.

He is currently teaching in the areas of Managed Information Systems, Financial Management in the public and not-for-profit sectors, Probability Theory, Decision Theory and Statistics.

His research interests include examination of the special managerial challenges which confront the compliance (as opposed to the service) side of government, particularly within the fields of policing, environmental protection, tax administration, customs, and occupational safety and health; the development of new models of information and analytical support for emerging compliance strategies; fraud control; and the application of network analysis techniques to criminal intelligence analysis.

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