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Public and Private Management Compared

Hal G. Rainey and Young Han Chun

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Management

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226443
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199226443.003.0005

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

Public and Private Management Compared

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In spite of various claims about the importance of the public–private distinction, the clearly prevailing consensus among scholars and experts on management holds that the distinction is not worth much. Many scholars have argued that the “sectors” involve such vastly diverse sets of management settings that distinctions such as public, private, and non-profit become confusing and misleading. In addition, over the years, major organization theorists have proclaimed that public and private management show more similarities than differences. These proclamations reflect a “generic” orientation among many management and organization theorists, who take the position that managers face common challenges in most or all settings, such as leading, motivating, and decision making.

Keywords: public management; private management; organization theorists; decision making; managerial challenges; motivation

Article.  12909 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Public Management and Administration ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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