Parsing Public/Private Differences in Work Motivation and Performance: An Experimental Study

Brewer, Gene A.; Brewer, Jr., Gene A.
January 2011
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Jan2011 Supplement 3, Vol. 21 Issue suppl_3, pi347
Academic Journal
The article presents an experimental study on parsing public/private differences in work motivation and performance. The relationship between the public and private sectors has significant implications for the study and practice of public management. Undergraduate students from the University of Georgia volunteered to participate in the study. The participants spent another 30 min responding to a post-experimental questionnaire and going by debriefing. At the beginning of the experiment, participants read that the research was funded by either a government agency or a business firm.


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