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The Benefits of PSM: An Oasis or a Mirage?

Awan, S; Bel, G; Esteve, M; (2020) The Benefits of PSM: An Oasis or a Mirage? Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory , 30 (4) pp. 619-635. 10.1093/jopart/muaa016. Green open access

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Abstract

Scholarly interest in Public Service Motivation has yielded a vast amount of research, exploring its potential for benefitting public-sector organizations through increased employee job satisfaction, enhanced individual performance, employee retention, and enhanced organizational commitment and citizenship behavior. However, a closer inspection of the literature reveals mixed empirical evidence for each impact of PSM. The present study carries out a meta-analysis of five key impacts of PSM to explain the divergence of results in the existing literature. We find evidence of the existence of a true effect for PSM over all the dependent variables, except for turnover intentions. In addition, we find a possible explanation for the mixed empirical evidence found in previous studies. Our results show the importance of the contextual variables legal origin and endemic countrywide corruption, along with measurement-related variables. We conclude by discussing the importance of context for the theory of PSM.

Type: Article
Title: The Benefits of PSM: An Oasis or a Mirage?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/jopart/muaa016
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/jopart/muaa016
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10093073
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