Private sector imprinting: An examination of the impacts of private sector job experience on public manager's work attitudes

Craig Boardman, Barry Bozeman, Branco Ponomariov

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Abstract

What are the attitudes of public managers who have had full-time private sector work experience? Public managers with private sector work experience report different perspectives when compared to their counterparts who have spent their entire careers in the public sector. Though private sector work experience negatively correlates with job satisfaction, it only does so for the "new switcher," whose last job was in the private sector. As careers advance, the negative impact seems to wane, leaving a public sector workforce that, in part as a result of their private sector work experience, are relatively more intrinsically motivated and involved in their jobs. We conclude with discussion of implications for human resources management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-59
Number of pages10
JournalPublic administration review
Volume70
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing

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