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Exploring Public Service Motivation theory and perceptions by military retirees: A qualitative study
by Wardlaw, Kathy, Ph.D., Northcentral University, 2009, 189; 3346420
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative dissertation was designed to describe the meaning of Public Service Motivation (PSM) theory and job perceptions held by military retirees who have retired from active duty and began new careers in the public sector. Researchers of PSM have established that differences exist in the motivation of public and private-sector employees, but have not provided any qualitative data that describes how it is experienced by those who devote their careers to public service. Using a phenomenological study methodology, the researcher addressed the gap in the literature on PSM through exploring the motives of the participants. The findings confirmed the participants were motivated to seek employment and work in the public sector for intrinsic reasons, consistent with the literature on PSM. Their reasons were a desire to help others, challenging work and mission valence/motivation. Job security was a significant motivator to seek public-sector work. Their interviews, presented as participant stories, provide qualitative data to facilitate the understanding of the PSM construct and highlight its importance to the public administration community. Recommendations include targeting military retirees as a potential pool of applicants to fill significant vacancies in the government at the midcareer level and including PSM theory in the education of public-sector human resource professionals and managers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Singh, Daljit
School: Northcentral University
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 70/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Public administration, Military studies
Keywords: Military retirees, Public management, Public sector, Public service motivation, Retirement
Publication Number: 3346420
ISBN: 978-1-109-01434-1
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