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The agreeable bureaucrat

The agreeable bureaucrat PurposeThis study explores the extent to which public service motivation (PSM) can be explained by the big five personality factors.Design/methodology/approachOriginal data are gathered from two online surveys of public service professionals from across the US. The two surveys employ the same measures of personality traits but different measures of PSM. This was done to test the generalizability of the findings across different operationalization of PSM.FindingsThe big five personality factors explain a large share of the variance in PSM, above and beyond basic demographic factors (sex, age and race). Agreeableness has the most consistent association with PSM. Extroversion, conscientiousness, and openness to experience also display positive associations with at least some measures and dimensions of PSM.Research limitations/implicationsThe two surveys involved somewhat small, non-probability samples of public service professionals. Additional research is needed to confirm the generalizability of these findings.Originality/valueThis study contributes to both the theoretical and empirical understanding of the origins of public service motivation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Public Sector Management Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0951-3558
DOI
10.1108/IJPSM-12-2015-0218
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Abstract

PurposeThis study explores the extent to which public service motivation (PSM) can be explained by the big five personality factors.Design/methodology/approachOriginal data are gathered from two online surveys of public service professionals from across the US. The two surveys employ the same measures of personality traits but different measures of PSM. This was done to test the generalizability of the findings across different operationalization of PSM.FindingsThe big five personality factors explain a large share of the variance in PSM, above and beyond basic demographic factors (sex, age and race). Agreeableness has the most consistent association with PSM. Extroversion, conscientiousness, and openness to experience also display positive associations with at least some measures and dimensions of PSM.Research limitations/implicationsThe two surveys involved somewhat small, non-probability samples of public service professionals. Additional research is needed to confirm the generalizability of these findings.Originality/valueThis study contributes to both the theoretical and empirical understanding of the origins of public service motivation.

Journal

International Journal of Public Sector ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 8, 2016

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