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Motivating Public Employees

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Part of Elements in Public and Nonprofit Administration

  • Date Published: June 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108571289

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  • What motivates public employees to work hard? This Element systematically reviews answers from public administration research. The authors locate this research in a novel two-dimensional typology, which shows that public employees can be motivated for other- and self-interested reasons and extrinsic (motivated by outcomes) and intrinsic (motivated by work itself) reasons. Public administration research sheds significant light on extrinsic motivators: working hard to help society (public service motivation), one's organization (organizational commitment) and oneself (financial incentives). Future research should focus on hitherto understudied motivators: symbolic rewards and intrinsic motivators, such as enjoyable work tasks, warm glow, and relatedness with colleagues. Supplementary material for this Element is available online.

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    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108571289
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Motivation as the holy grail of public management
    2. Work motivation in the public sector – a typology
    3. Lessons from public administration research about work motivators in the public sector
    4. The art of motivating public employees in practice – lessons from and for public administration research.

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    Motivating Public Employees

    Marc Esteve, Christian Schuster

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    Marc Esteve, University College London

    Christian Schuster, University College London

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