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Perspectives on an Integrated Steering of Human Resources of Public Administration and State-Owned Enterprises

  • Employees of public sector organizations serve as the backbone of democratic societies, making decisions that shape how and for whom vital public services are delivered. Public employees influence the realization of political goals and provide basic public goods as well as critical infrastructure. They are of high societal relevance as they represent the “human face of the state” and should incorporate public values to enable, serve, and protect the democratic system and the rule of law. According to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 16, effective public institutions must pay attention to employees as their most critical resource. The public sector––the largest or among the largest employers in most countries––faces a looming human resource crisis. Public employers face the need to replace a wave of baby boomers retiring and a decline in the number of people interested in working in the public sector. The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the shortage of professionals and leaders in the example of critical infrastructure such as public health authorities, hospitals, and social services. As a major field of research and practice, public human resource management (HRM) aims to understand these challenges and develop adequate coping strategies. However, the field faces relevant research gaps. Among other factors, the current scientific understanding is limited regarding the role of differences amongst organizational types in the public sector. Although previous research indicates the role of organizational goals and publicness dimensions for human resource practices in general, there is a lack of understanding to what extent the effects of motivation and pay dispersion differ, for example, between public administrations and state-owned enterprises (SOEs). The goal of this dissertation is to enhance the theoretical understanding of the role of motivation and pay dispersion for performance and recruitment focusing on differences amongst organizational types in the public sector, to derive theoretical perspectives on an integrated steering of human resources of public administration and SOEs. Overall, this dissertation highlights three contributions of the four included articles. First, it shows the important conceptual role of SOEs as research objects and offers approaches to further integrate SOEs as research objects in public HRM, taking into account the different institutional arrangements of public service provision, as organizational goals and publicness can be crucial and insightful determinants for motivation and pay dispersion. Second, the presented work offers new theoretical approaches and field-experimental insights for the under-researched public sector recruitment literature. Third, it derives theoretical perspectives on an integrated steering of human resources of public administration and SOEs as well as implications for future research on motivation and pay dispersion as major factors for performance and recruitment in public sector organizations.

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Author:Florian Keppeler
Referee:Ulf Papenfuß, Adrian Ritz, Rick Vogel
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Year of Publication:2021
Date of first Publication:2021/08/13
Publishing Institution:Zeppelin Universität
Granting Institution:Zeppelin Universität
Date of final exam:2021/07/02
Release Date:2021/08/13
Tag:public human resource management, performance-related pay, public service motivation, employer branding, recruitment, vertical pay dispersion, public administration, state-owned enterprises
Page Number:V, 183, VIII Seiten
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt