Do Employees Behave Differently in Public - Vs Private-Sector Organizations?

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Baarspul, H.C. and Wilderom, C.P.M. (2012) Do Employees Behave Differently in Public - Vs Private-Sector Organizations? Public management review, 13 (7). 967 - 1002. ISSN 1471-9037

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Abstract:Governmental, public-sector organizations are known to operate differently than private, for-profit organizations. But do sector differences exist at the individual level as well? In this article we review twenty-eight hypothesis-driven empirical studies on this question. Most of the single studies found significant individual-level differences between the two sectors, although not always in the expected direction. After showing the limited available evidence, we criticize this line of inquiry and recommend to: (1) test broader models in which sector is only one of a range of variables; (2) enhance refinement in the use of research methods; and (3) improve the theoretical underpinning
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Management and Governance (SMG)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/81234
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2011.589614
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