Answer the questions relating to Public Management.
1. Define the concept of organizational slack and give one or more examples of slack.
2. Slack is oftentimes considered a resource in organizations. Explain why this is the case and why it may be difficult in practice to utilize slack in particular organizational contexts.
3. Define the concept of ‘co-production’ and provide real-world examples of each of the four types of coproduction as outlined in the Brandsen and Honingh’s typology.
4. Explain how relational job designs, where public service professionals have contact with beneficiaries of their services, can reinforce work motivation.
5. Describe the main elements of the performance management model, and discuss the promises and pitfalls of using performance management in public organizations. You are encouraged to use a specific empirical context (such as hospitals, nursing homes, etc.) as an example to illustrate the promises and pitfalls of performance management.
6. Define the concept of ‘public service motivation’ and explain why PSM is often considered a means to improve public service provision.
7. What are price and crowding effects? And why is it important to distinguish between the two?
8. Specific work and job contexts are more prone to crowding effects. Provide one or more examples and explain why you expect this (these) contexts to be more prone to crowding in or crowding out of intrinsic motivation.
9. Describe manifestations of ‘the principal’s problem’ and explain how incentive systems (such as pay for performance plans) at least partially can alleviate the problem.
10. Discuss why to pay for performance incentive plans may be difficult to successfully design and implement in public sector organizations.
The paper is not limited to a specific word or page count, but students should strive to provide clear and concise answers to the specific questions as possible. The paper must be well developed, logically consistent, and brief.
The paper should use professional language. No slang, emoticons, text-speak, etc. Grading will take into account grammar and spelling.
NOTE ON REFERENCES: All quotations and paraphrases should be properly cited using APA academic writing format.
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