• Rikke Halling Mørch
4. term , Master of Public Governance (Continuing Education) (Continuing Education Programme (Master))
The object with this study is to examine what motivate leaders in the public sector that provide services such as health care, public education, social services, employment and childcare.
The starting point for the study is a historical overview of the development in the public sector with vari-ous management paradigms which have transpired and developed both sequentially and parallelly and which have resulted in hybrid management styles which mean that the leaders are put in a cross pressure when different concerns must be taken into consideration. On that background, it is interesting to exam-ine what actually motivate leaders in their job.
The study has been done as a case study with in-depth qualitative interviews. The study takes it starting point in two motivational theories. Firstly, ‘self-determination theory’, a theory which suggests that peo-ple are able to become self-determined when their need for competence, connection and autonomy are fulfilled. Secondly, ‘public service-motivation’ which explains why individuals have a desire to put great effort into serving the public and link their personal actions with the overall public interest.
The empirical analysis has strengthened the applied theory on motivation and the result of this study con-cludes that the leaders are greatly motivated to do good for others and serve the public. They experience autonomy and feel competent and experience a connection with others in safe, trustful, and mutual rela-tions.
Publication date21 Jun 2022
Number of pages50
ID: 472263016