Understanding and Managing Public Organizations provides a comprehensive analysis of research and practice on public organizations and management. In this fourth edition of his award-winning best seller, Hal Rainey reviews topics including organizational goals and performance, decision making and strategy, leadership, motivation, organizational structure and design, organizational change, and others. He analyzes effective and ineffective practices, with suggestions for managing contemporary and classic challenges in public organizations, and with illustrative vignettes and examples. Carefully revised and updated, this edition of Understanding and Managing Public Organizations extends previous editions with deeper coverage of collaboration and networks, public values, public service motivation, managerial strategy, performance assessment, innovation and organizational change, and recent trends in public sector management.
Praise for the Previous Editions
"The third edition of the classic text provides a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of research on public organizations and management. Drawing on a review of the most current research about government organizations and managers, this important source offers specific suggestions for managing these challenges in today's public organizations."
—Abstracts of Public Administration
"A masterful textbook, as well as an important and original contribution to the public organization theory literature—both comprehensive in its treatment of organization theory and decidedly 'public' in its perspective."
—Public Administration Review
"A tremendous contribution to the field. Rainey's ability to synthesize research streams from a variety of fields such as political science, public administration, public policy, business administration, psychology, sociology, and others is outstanding."
'Jeffrey L. Brudney, Albert A. Levin Chair of Urban Studies and Public Service, Cleveland State University
What makes public organizations distinctive, impact of political power, values & motives, teamwork, etc.
A course text for graduates and scholars studying public management and applications of organization theory to the public sector. Revised from the 1992 edition with new tables and figures, additional examples, and an introductory chapter that presents a conceptual framework linking the other chapters and topics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Hal G. Rainey is Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia. Rainey received the 2009 Dwight Waldo Award for career achievement in public administration scholarship as well as the 1995 Charles H. Levine Award for Excellence in Public Administration Research, Teaching, and Public Service. The first edition of Understanding and Managing Public Organizations won the Best Book Award of the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management.