Understanding and Managing Public Organizations provides a comprehensive analysis of research and practice on public organizations and management. It this fourth edition of this 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.
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 the Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, where he teaches public administration and organization theory and behavior. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.