Goals, rules, and effectiveness in public, private, and hybrid organizations

More evidence on frequent assertions about differences

Gerald Lan, Hal G. Rainey

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Abstract

This study reports findings from a survey of managers in public, private, and hybrid organizations. The results augment the evidence about some of .the most frequent assertions about differences among those types of organizations. Public managers perceive more emphasis on rules, channels, and procedures, and more constraints on authority. Contrary to numerous assertions in the literature, however, the public managers perceive greater clarity of organizational goals and greater effectiveness in achieving those goals. One interpretation of these perceptions about goals holds that public managers say their goals are clear because they choose rule adherence as their main goal. The evidence presented refutes this inteipretation. On most of the dependent variables in the study, hybrid organization managers report perceptions distinctive from, and often intermediate between, the other two groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-28
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Public Administration Research and Theory
Volume2
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1992

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Organizational Objectives
Assertion
Managers
manager
evidence
Choose
Dependent
organizational goal
type of organization
dependent variables
clarity
Evidence
Surveys and Questionnaires
Public-private
Hybrid organizations
organization
interpretation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Marketing
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology and Political Science

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