Patrick O’Hara

Patrick O’Hara

Patrick O'Hara
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Syracuse University
Bernard M. Baruch College, CUNY
Bernard M. Baruch College, CUNY


Dr. Patrick O’Hara has taught at John Jay College since1980 in the Master of Public Administration Program and the National Online Master of Public Administration—Inspector General Program, and serves on the faculty of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice.

Dr. O’Hara writes and lectures on management issues and has authored books addressing public administration and supervisory management. Organizational dysfunction is his abiding research interest. Dr. O’Hara’s principal focus in recent years has been police organization, management and criminal justice policy, as exemplified by Why Law Enforcement Organizations Fail whose second edition was published in 2012 by Carolina Academic Press. 

Scholarly Work


Why Law Enforcement Organizations Fail. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2005

First-Time Manager. New York: MacMillan, 1985, 1987—Paperback. (Co-authored with Joan E. Iaconetti)

Start in die Karriere. Munich, Germany: Heyne Business, 1989, 1999. (German edition of First-Time Manager)

Public Administration: Organizations, People and Public Policy. New York: Harper and Row, 1979. (Co-authored with Samuel J. Bernstein)

Books on Audiotape

 First-Time Manager: How to Master the Essential Skills of Management. Boulder, CO: CareerTrack Publications, 1990. (Co-authored with Joan Iaconetti)

Research Summary

Why Organizations Fail. 2003. Fellowship Award from John Jay College of Criminal Justice that supported the development and refinement of a conceptual framework for understanding organizational dysfunction which then became the basis for Why Law Enforcement Organizations Fail.

Sloan Foundation Distance Learning Initiative. 1999-2001. Selected as a member of the initial cadre of CUNY faculty trained to use course management software and charged with the responsibility of offering pilot distance learning courses and diffusing an understanding of the Blackboard learning environment to faculty colleagues.

The Voices of NASA’s Organizational Culture. 1992-1993. PSC-CUNY grant supporting an inquiry into the social life of NASA by analyzing the extensive audio and video testimony of a broad cross-section of NASA and contractor employees who played a role in the Space Shuttle Challenger accident. 

A Micro-Analysis of Diversity in Public Administration Research. 1991-1992. PSCCUNY grant supporting the examination of methodologies used by social scientists in examining the Space Shuttle Challenger accident.

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