Under What Conditions Do Public Managers Favor and Pursue Organizational Change?

Posted: 30 Mar 2006

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Sergio Fernandez

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

David Pitts

American University

Date Written: March 2006

Abstract

Organizational change and innovation has been a central theme in public management research for some time. In an age of government reinvention, downsizing, and contracting out, it is all the more relevant for the field to understand how organizations can successfully approach large-scale, planned change. This paper seeks to add to the growing literature on change by considering the forces in both the internal and external environments that lead managers to support and initiate change. Using the public education policy setting as a source of data, we build and test a model that predicts whether public managers support and initiate change. Using the extant literature as a base, we formulate a series of hypotheses, ultimately finding that a complex series of push and pull forces result in managers choosing to support and initiate change.

Suggested Citation

Fernandez, Sergio and Pitts, David W, Under What Conditions Do Public Managers Favor and Pursue Organizational Change? (March 2006). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 06-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=893882

Sergio Fernandez

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

1315 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

David W Pitts (Contact Author)

American University ( email )

4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Ward 334
Washington, DC 20016
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.american.edu/spa/faculty/pitts.cfm

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