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Public value at cross points : a comparative study on employer attractiveness of public, private, and nonprofit organizations

  • A commonly held assumption is that public service motivation (PSM) positively affects individuals’ attraction to government, but there are also private and nonprofit organizations that are beneficial to the common good. Therefore, the goal of this study is to shed light on an understudied topic in Public Administration, namely, how the public value of public, private, and nonprofit organizations affects their attractiveness to citizens and how PSM moderates this relationship. We find that employer attractiveness is strongly influenced by organizations’ public value regardless sectoral affiliation. This attribution of public value interacts with citizens’ PSM. For high-PSM individuals, the relationship between public value and attractiveness is stronger than for low-PSM individuals. Furthermore, high PSM exercises an asymmetric effect, punishing organizations with low public value more strongly in the private sector. These results highlight important implications for HR practitioners in all three sectors seeking to attract and retain highly motivated employees.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Adrian RitzORCiD, Kristina S. WeissmüllerORCiD, Timo MeynhardtORCiD
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of Business Psychology and Leadership
Parent Title (English):Review of Public Personnel Administration
Year of Completion:2022
First Page:1
Last Page:29
Page Number:29
Date of first Publication:2022/06/03
Tag:Employee retention; Employer attractiveness; Public human resource management; Public service motivation; Public value
Content Focus:Academic Audience
Peer Reviewed:Yes
Rankings:AJG Ranking / 2
SJR Ranking / Q1
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt