New leaders' managerial background and the performance of public organizations: The theory of publicness fit

Nicolai Petrovsky*, Oliver James, George A. Boyne

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)217-236
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Public Administration Research and Theory
    Volume25
    Issue number1
    Early online date28 Feb 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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