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Title: Public service motivation, prosocial motivation and altruism : towards disentanglement and conceptual clarity
Authors : Schott, Carina
Neumann, Oliver
Bärtschi, Muriel
Ritz, Adrian
Published in : International Journal of Public Administration
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 21-Mar-2019
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: Attribution - Non commercial - No derivatives 4.0 International
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Public service motivation; Altruism; Conceptual work; Prosocial motivation
Subject (DDC) : 350: Public administration
Abstract: Research on public service motivation (PSM) has made great strides in terms of study output. Given the enormous scholarly attention on PSM, it is surprising that considerable conceptual ambiguities and overlaps with related concepts such as prosocial motivation, and altruism still remain. This study addresses this issue by systematically carving out the differences and similarities between these concepts. Taking this approach, this study clarifies the conceptual space of both PSM and the other concepts. Using data from semi-structured interviews with police officers, it is illustrated that PSM and prosocial motivation are different types of motivation leading to different types of prosocial behaviour.
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Institute of Public Management (IVM)
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-5519
ISSN: 0190-0692
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