Management Activity and Program Performance: Gender as Management Capital

Public Administration Review 66 (1), 24–36

Posted: 12 Dec 2012

See all articles by Kenneth J. Meier

Kenneth J. Meier

American University; Cardiff University; Leiden University - Institute of Public Administration

Laurence J. O'Toole

University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy

Holly Goerdel

University of Kansas

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

Do men and women manage differently? Do their efforts have different impacts on public program performance? Building from a formal treatment of public management and performance, this study investigates how the interaction of gender and management strategies influences organizational performance. Focusing on several hundred public organizations and their top managers over a three-year period, the analysis maps the gender question onto Mark Moore's distinction among managing upward toward political principals, downward toward organizational agents, and outward toward the networked environment. Findings indicate that women and men as top managers have different performance impacts, and these impacts vary by managerial function as well.

Keywords: public management, strategic management, gender, education

Suggested Citation

Meier, Kenneth J. and O'Toole, Laurence J. and Goerdel, Holly, Management Activity and Program Performance: Gender as Management Capital (2005). Public Administration Review 66 (1), 24–36, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2187447

Kenneth J. Meier

American University ( email )

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Cardiff University ( email )

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Leiden University - Institute of Public Administration ( email )

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Laurence J. O'Toole

University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

Athens, GA 30602
United States

Holly Goerdel (Contact Author)

University of Kansas ( email )

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Lawrence, KS 66045
United States

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