Public Personnel Management

A quarterly journal focused on human resource work in the public sector. Contains articles on trends, case studies, comparative information, and recent research. Topics include labor relations, assessment, personnel policies, government reform and other a

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 4, Winter

Alternatives to Time-Based Pay
Public sector and not-for profit organizations often use time-based pay because of uncertainties about the appropriateness of merit pay, skill-based pay or incentives. This article proposes several pay determination methods as alternatives to time-based...
CEO Perceptions of Current Union Activity
The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between the organizational environment and unions as observed by chief executive officers in various industries. The organizational environment in which an executive functions is fruitful ground...
Comparative Study of Herzberg's Two-Factor Theory of Job Satisfaction among Public and Private Sectors
The purpose of this study was to identify through hypothesis testing how Herzberg's theory of job satisfaction applied to two different working populations using a questionnaire based on Herzberg's classification scheme. The study was conducted using...
Comparison of State and Local Employee Benefits and Private Employee Benefits
This paper compares the level of benefits offered to state and local employees in the United States with those provided to private employees of medium and large firms. The public employees enjoy more paid leaves, less expensive health benefits and...
Conflict Handling - a Common Sense Approach to Appraising Supervisory Performance
Will the growing trend to restructure the employment relationship to achieve improved work performance demand a new approach to assess supervisory effectiveness? Can supervisors currently meet the demands of employee rights which arise in conflict...
Locality Pay: Balancing Theory and Practice
Charles H. Fay (Ph.d., Unviersity of Washington, 1979, management and organizational behavior) is an associate professor of Industrial Relations and Human Resouces and an Associate Director of the Institute of Management and Labor Relation. He engages...
Measuring and Explaining Attitudes of Four Interest Groups toward Selected Aspects of Public Sector Interest Arbitration
Four key assumptions about public sector interest arbitration are drawn from a review of the literature and four interest groups are identified. The degree of acceptance of these assumptions by the interest groups is measured and demographic explanations...
Merit Pay in Academia: Perceptions from the School of Business
In a survey of 1000 professors in schools of business accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), this study examined the nature and functioning of merit pay plans and the level of satisfaction with and extent of...
MPA Graduates and the Dilemma of Job Satisfaction: Does Crossing the Sector Line Make a Difference
This study examines levels of job satisfaction for MPA graduates employed in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Findings are based on a survey and indicate that MPA graduates derive greater satisfaction with pay and promotion opportunities...
Quality of Work Life in the Knitwear Sector of the Canadian Textile Industry
The quality of work life activities which exist in a sample of knitwear companies in Southwestern Ontario were described. Three levels of activity were identified: (1) active companies were largely non-unionized, with high annual sales, high levels...
Situational Interviews and Job Performance: The Results in One Public Agency
This article describes a recent effort by the Mississippi Department of Corrections to higher quality employees through a situational interview format. A comparison of correctional officers chosen through the situational interview to those chosen...