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. 30, No. 1, Spring

Advances and Challenges in Human Resource Management in the New Millennium
The world of human resource management is changing more rapidly than we can imagine. Constant environmental changes mean that human resource managers face constant challenges. They must respond by taking advantage of gradual yet profound changes in...
African-Americans' Test-Taking Attitudes and Their Effect on Cognitive Ability Test Performance: Implications for Public Personnel Management Selection Practice
This review examined recent research literature which has reported that African-Americans' attitudes toward cognitive ability tests affect their subsequent test performance. In particular, the negative attitudes of African-Americans toward cognitive...
Building on Success: Transforming Organizations through an Appreciative Inquiry
Appreciative Inquiry, developed by David Cooperrider and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University and The Taos Institute, is an organizational transformation tool that focuses on learning from success. Instead of focusing on deficits and problems,...
Costa Rica's Civil Service and Its Historical Responsibility for Organizational Change
Environmental change requires organizations based on participation, flexibility, a customer service culture, deregulation, decentralization and delegation. These require an approach that considers HRM as a strategic entity that serves as a catalyst...
Effective Employee Discipline: A Case of the Internal Revenue Service
The role of employee discipline from a management, employee, and union perspective is examined using the Internal Revenue Service as a case study example. The concept of discipline is defined and contrasted with punishment. Also, two discipline models...
Managing Our Future: The Generation X Factor
The potential impact of the backgrounds of Generation Xers and BabyBoomers was reviewed to determine whether key factors and defining moments in their histories may explain the communication disconnect in our nation's workplace. Of special concern,...
Objective Pre-Employment Interviewing: Balancing Recruitment, Selection and Retention Goals
Not that many years ago, while designing the on-campus recruitment interview for one of the larger federal agencies, I discovered that nearly 90 percent of the candidates recruited for positions as chemists, physicists and electrical engineers were...
Public Personnel Management in the Caribbean: A Comparative Analysis of Trends in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and St. Vincent and Grenada
After first describing the characteristics of five Caribbean island nations (the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and St. Vincent and Grenada), this article discusses their respective public personnel management systems. Each country...
Strategic Suggestions for Survival When Providing Public Administration Training in Under-Developed Settings: The Case of Swaziland[1]
This article offers strategies for improving one's technical assistance and training effectiveness in underdeveloped managerial setting. The author's suggestions are based on observations gained while providing technical assistance and training to...
Strengthening Personnel Management in Developing Countries: Lessons Learned, Lessons Forgotten, and an Agenda for Action
This symposium introduction first sets the stage by briefly discussing why developing countries are different, based on how public personnel management in the United States evolved over the past two centuries, compared to the evolutionary process in...
The Application of Assessment Center Technology to the Evaluation of Personnel Records
Elements of traditional police promotional examinations (e.g., written tests and assessment centers) do not take into account candidates' work histories, and performance appraisals on records are fraught with problems. This article describes a new...
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