Implications of Successful Career Paths of Top Local Government Finance Managers

16 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2011

See all articles by W. Bartley Hildreth

W. Bartley Hildreth

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Samuel J. Yeager

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gerald J. Miller

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jack Rabin

Pennsylvania State University - School of Public Affairs

Date Written: December 2, 2010

Abstract

Little is known about successful local government financial management careers and their implications for organizations. This study identifies three levels of career success - top managers, aspirants, and the plateaued status - and how these groups differ on important personal and professional characteristics. Findings reveal that top managers differ in important ways from aspirants and the plateaued. Furthermore, top managers hired from outside the organization pay more attention to the financial viability of the organization and are more willing to innovate financially than those promoted from within. Results have implications for professionals, their employing organizations, educators, and the ethics of government finance.

Suggested Citation

Hildreth, W. Bartley and Yeager, Samuel J. and Miller, Gerald J. and Rabin, Jack Michael, Implications of Successful Career Paths of Top Local Government Finance Managers (December 2, 2010). Public Budgeting & Finance, Vol. 30, Issue 4, pp. 82-97, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1733769 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5850.2010.00970.x

W. Bartley Hildreth (Contact Author)

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies ( email )

14 Marietta Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303-3992
United States
404-413-0271 (Phone)

Samuel J. Yeager

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Gerald J. Miller

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Jack Michael Rabin

Pennsylvania State University - School of Public Affairs ( email )

777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
United States
717-948-6363 (Phone)

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