How Do Perceived Political Environment and Administrative Reform Affect Employee Commitment?

Kaifeng Yang; Pandey, Sanjay K.
April 2009
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Apr2009, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p335
Academic Journal
Political support is an important environmental factor in public management, and over the past few decades, the implementation of results-oriented reforms has become highly influential as well. However, few studies have examined the impact of these two factors on employee attitudes and behaviors. This articleproposes that the extent of results-oriented reforms and political support from elected officials-as perceived by managers-has a significant influence on managerial practice and normative commitment to the organization. Using data from a national survey of state-level human service managers, we test and find support for a model positing that managerial perceptions of political support have a direct influence on the implementation of results-oriented reforms, organizational structure, and internal communication. We also find that more extensive results-oriented reform efforts are positively associated with goal clarity, communication adequacy, and flexible structures and that normative commitment is affected positively by goal clarity and negatively by bureaucratic structure.


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