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Towards the self evaluating organization: an empirical test of the Wildavsky model

Boyne, George Alexander, Gould-Williams, Julian Seymour, Law, Jennifer and Walker, Richard Mark 2004. Towards the self evaluating organization: an empirical test of the Wildavsky model. Public Administration Review 64 (4) , pp. 463-473. 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2004.00392.x

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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.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISSN: 1540-6210
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 03:58
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/2620

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