Public Organization Management: The Development of Theory and Process

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Praeger, Jul 30, 1999 - Social Science - 256 pages
This book explores how the theories and practices of public management have evolved. It covers themes such as political, judicial, and cultural environments. It reviews the influential theoretical developments that represent the intellectual heritage of public administration from Woodrow Wilson and the classics to current schools such as Total Quality Management (TQM) and the drive for reinventing government. The author identifies and explains critical managerial functions such as decisionmaking, communication, leadership, performance evaluation, and the constant search for reform and improvement in public organizations. This comprehensive, in-depth exploration emphasizes the operational and practical consequences of the subject.

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Developmental Perspective
9
Issues in Organization Theory and Process
29
Environment of Public Organizations
49
Classic Organization Rationality
71
Focus on People
93
Search for Completeness and Realism
111
Decision Making and Communication
131
Organizational Leadership
151
Organizational Culture
175
Reforming Management of Public Organizations
191
Organizational Performance
211
Conclusions
231
Selected Bibliography
241
Index
251
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About the author (1999)

JAMIL E. JREISAT is Professor of Public Administration and Political Science at the University of South Florida.

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