Using Multiple Informants in Public Administration: Revisiting the Managerial Values and Actions Debate

Walker, Richard M.; Enticott, Gareth
July 2004
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Jul2004, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p417
Academic Journal
Evidence is presented from a large-n longitudinal survey of multiple informants to address some of the weaknesses of the extant literature, namely the use of "elite," recall, and snapshot surveys together with the direction of, causality statistical models. These weaknesses are illustrated through a first time analysis of variations in management reform values and actions in local government The empirical results indicate that management reform values and actions are contingent and vary between organizational members. In particular, service managers (first-line supervisors): responsible for implementing management reform actions offer more multifaceted explanations than senior executives Prior research drawing. evidence from single senior executive informants was unable to identify such variations; consequently, ft is suggested that the results of this work need to be treated with caution. This study concludes that the empirical reality of management reform research is in need of further and more sophisticated methodologies.


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