Innovation-oriented culture in the public sector: Do managerial autonomy and result control lead to innovation?

Koen Verhoest, Jan Wynen, Edoardo Ongaro, Sandra van Thiel

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Abstract

This article examines the effect of specific new public management (NPM)-related characteristics to explain innovation-oriented culture within public sector organizations. According to NPM doctrines, an enhanced managerial autonomy combined with result control will stimulate a more innovation-oriented culture in such organizations. Using multi-country survey data of over 200 public sector agencies, we test for the influence of organizational autonomy, result control and their interactions, on innovation-oriented culture. High levels of managerial autonomy and result control have independent and positive effects. However, the interaction between high personnel management autonomy and high result control has a negative effect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-66
JournalPublic Management Review
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

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