Toward the self-evaluating organization? An empirical test of the wildavsky model

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-473
Journal / PublicationPublic Administration Review
Volume64
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

This article presents the first empirical test of Wildavsky's model of self-evaluation by public organizations. We elucidate Wildavsky's arguments and identify six variables that have theoretical effects on self-evaluation. A statistical model that incorporates these variables explains 46 percent of the variation in self-evaluation. The evidence suggests that self-evaluation is positively related to leadership support and employee involvement, and negatively related to the number of organizational sub-units undertaking evaluation at the same time. Refinements to the Wildavsky model are proposed, and conclusions are drawn on the theory and practice of self-evaluation by public organizations.

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Toward the self-evaluating organization? An empirical test of the wildavsky model. / Boyne, George A.; Gould-Williams, Julian S.; Law, Jennifer; Walker, Richard M.

In: Public Administration Review, Vol. 64, No. 4, 07.2004, p. 463-473.

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