Person–Organization Fit and Public Service Motivation in the Context of Change

S.T.T. Teo, D. Pick, M. Xerri, Cameron Newton

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This study examines public sector change, motivation and person–organization (P–O) fit in a stress context. The results provide empirical evidence that change initiatives produce change-induced stressors. However, change processes, including participation in change decision-making and the provision of change information, increase public service motivation, reduce change-induced stressors and ultimately improve P–O fit and job satisfaction. The results also depict that, in the context of change, public service motivation positively influences job satisfaction, with this relationship partially mediated by P–O fit. Implications for New Public Management and the importance of change processes for reducing workplace stress are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)740-762
JournalPublic Management Review
Issue number5
Early online date13 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2016
Externally publishedYes


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