Goal Prioritization and Commitment in Public Organizations

Exploring the Effects of Goal Conflict

By Camilla Denager Staniok

Public personnel policies increasingly adapt performance management systems that focus on goal attainment, making goal commitment a critical issue in contemporary public administration research. However, few studies have empirically investigated how context factors, such as goal conflicts, reduce or hinder goal commitment. This study paper - based on research conducted in Denmark - investigates the interplay between public managers' goal prioritization, goal conflict, and employees' goal commitment. Multilevel data from two electronic surveys of 67 principals and 1,362 teachers in secondary education show that goal conflict moderates the association between principals' goal prioritization and teachers' goal commitment. (Series: The Rockwool Foundation Research Unit - Study Paper - No. 73) [Subject: Organizational Management, Education, Public Policy]

Publication Date: 8/31/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9788793119154