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Organizational capability in the public sector: a configurational approach

Andrews, Rhys ORCID:, Beynon, Malcolm J. ORCID: and McDermott, Aoife M. ORCID: 2016. Organizational capability in the public sector: a configurational approach. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 26 (2) , pp. 239-258. 10.1093/jopart/muv005

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This paper brings together resource-based theory and contingency theory to analyse organizational capability in the public sector. Fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis is used to identify configurations of organizational attributes (department size, structural complexity, agencification, personnel instability, use of temporary employees), associated with high and low organizational capability in UK central government departments. Findings identify a single core configuration of organizational attributes associated with high capability departments - low structural complexity and personnel stability. Two core configurations are associated with low capability departments – personnel instability, and the combination of structural complexity and departmental agencification. Based on the configurations evident in successful and struggling organizations, discussion illuminates potential organizational design strategies to improve public sector organizational capability.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1053-1858
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 02:48

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