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Title:Public productivity : panacea or placebo / BEBR No. 547
Author(s):Whetten, David A.
Contributor(s):University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. College of Commerce and Business Administration
Subject(s):Organizational effectiveness.
Civil service -- Labor productivity.
Issue Date:Feb 16 197
Publisher:[Urbana, Ill.] : College of Commerce and Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Series/Report:Faculty working papers ; no. 547
Description:Includes bibliographical references (p. 18-19).
"This paper expresses concern about public administrators' apparent preoccupation with productivity. The fact that government has responded to the recent 'tax revolt' by proposing new measures to increase efficiency, rather than improve effectiveness, is used as an illustration of this tendency. The relationship between efficiency and effectiveness proposed by traditional economic models is criticized, and a new model based on a political perspective is advocated. Possible organizational dynamics which might be fueling this preoccupation with productivity in our public institutions are discussed. In addition, the potential dysfunctional consequences of administrators attending to the pressures, to increase efficiency, while overlooking warnings to improve effectiveness are addressed."
Rights Information:In copyright. Digitized with permission of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Contact for information.
Copyright Feb 16 1979 Board of Trustees University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-09-15
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Identifier in Online Catalog:330879
OCLC Identifier:(OCoLC)ocm05235872

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