Comparing public and private management: Cooperative effort and principal-agent relationships

Jack H. Knott

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Abstract

Management studies often attempt to identify similarities and differences between the public and private sectors. This essay takes an alternative approach by examining the basic internal characteristics and external constraints on management in both sectors. The analysis concentrates on comparable team production problems and underlying principal-agent relationships, providing illustrations from private firms and public agencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-119
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Public Administration Research and Theory
Volume3
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing

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