Organization Theory and Public Management

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Public management (PM) largely means management in and of a highly diverse range of organizations. This makes organization theory (OT) fundamental for understanding how these oranizations work, and how they shape and are shaped by society. We provide a brief overview of current strands of OT and their potential for PM research. We conclude with a call for a stronger integration of the two traditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElgar Encyclopedia of Public Management
EditorsKuno Schedler
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication date2022
ISBN (Print)9781800375482
ISBN (Electronic)9781800375499
Publication statusPublished - 2022
SeriesElgar Encyclopedias in the Social Sciences


  • Organization theory
  • Public sector organizations
  • Public management
  • Bureaucracy
  • Institutional theory
  • Governance

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