The impact of socialisation on graduates’ public service motivation : a mixed method study

Waterhouse, Jennifer Marie, French, Erica, & Puchala, Naomi (2014) The impact of socialisation on graduates’ public service motivation : a mixed method study. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 73(2), pp. 247-259.

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The need to attract and retain a high calibre cadre of public servants today has resulted in a renaissance of interest in public service motivation (PSM) within public management literature. This article outlines a study of PSM with graduate employees within an Australian public sector. The study extends our understanding of PSM by adopting a longitudinal, mixed method design, including surveys and individual interviews, to consider the effects of socialisation on levels of PSM. Results show an organisation's mission and values do not affect individual PSM while work type and communication style is vital and organisational socialisation can provide a negative influence.

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ID Code: 81195
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Public Service Motivation, Organisational Socialisation, Graduates, Public Sector, Australia
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12079
ISSN: 0313-6647
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 National Council of the Institute of Public Administration Australia
Deposited On: 26 Jan 2015 22:40
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2015 05:49

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