New Leaders’ Managerial Background and the Performance of Public Organizations: The Theory of Publicness Fit

This is a pre-print version of an article published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press.

40 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2013 Last revised: 7 Jul 2014

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Nicolai Petrovsky

University of Kentucky - James W. Martin School of Public Policy and Administration

Oliver James

University of Exeter - Department of Politics

George Boyne

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

We develop a theory of the effect of top management succession on the performance of public organizations. The theory is rooted in the fundamental characteristics of an organization’s publicness: ownership, funding, and regulation. We construct the concept of publicness fit – the match between the organization and the leader’s previous managerial experience. We argue that the effect of publicness fit on performance depends on the balance of adaptation benefits and disruption costs, which in turn depends on the prior performance of an organization. We propose a research agenda to empirically evaluate propositions developed from the theory of publicness fit.

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Keywords: chief executive succession, organizational performance, public organizations

Suggested Citation

Petrovsky, Nicolai and James, Oliver and Boyne, George, New Leaders’ Managerial Background and the Performance of Public Organizations: The Theory of Publicness Fit (2013). This is a pre-print version of an article published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2321718 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2321718

Nicolai Petrovsky (Contact Author)

University of Kentucky - James W. Martin School of Public Policy and Administration ( email )

Lexington, KY 40506
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.petrovsky.ws/

Oliver James

University of Exeter - Department of Politics ( email )

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, Devon EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.huss.ex.ac.uk/politics/staff/james/index.php

George Boyne

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School ( email )

Aberconway Building
Colum Drive
Cardiff, CF10 3EU
United Kingdom
+ 44 (0) 29 20 875572 (Phone)
+ 44 (0)29 20874419 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.cf.ac.uk/carbs/hrm/boyne.html

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