Public Management as a Cultural Phenomenon: Revitalizing Societal Culture in International Public Management Research

International Public Management Review 8(1), 2007, 186-194

23 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2013

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Kuno Schedler

University of St. Gallen

Isabella Proeller

University of Potsdam

Date Written: February 23, 2007

Abstract

Most scholars in public administration and management research would agree that there is a connection between the culture of a nation or region and the way management in public administration is structured and working (“public management arrangements”). However, to be incorporated into public management research and theory, a more precise notion about the forms, ways, and mechanisms of the interlinkage between societal culture and public management is required. A look into public management literature reveals that wide use and reference is made to the importance and influence of culture on public management arrangements - mostly, though, using the term “culture” as a short-cut for “organizational culture.”

This paper summarizes existing concepts of culture which are relevant for the context of public management research. It argues that more in-depth understanding for culture should be gained to understand reform movements.

Keywords: new public management, organizational culture, reform, organization theory

Suggested Citation

Schedler, Kuno and Proeller, Isabella, Public Management as a Cultural Phenomenon: Revitalizing Societal Culture in International Public Management Research (February 23, 2007). International Public Management Review 8(1), 2007, 186-194. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2223280

Kuno Schedler (Contact Author)

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Isabella Proeller

University of Potsdam ( email )

August-Bebel Strasse 89
Potsdam, 14482
Germany

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