Public Service Motivation

Purpose and objectives:

Our SIG aims to become a leading forum for junior and senior scholars researching public service motivation. We are interested in what drives public servants to work in the public service, and how we might better harness these motives and ideals to build a more effective, compassionate polity.

Public Service Motivation curates high-quality research and offers seminars and round-tables on hot topics that attract international academics. We run workshops and seminars that help early-career researchers develop research proposals, projects, papers, and new research collaborations.

Key dialogues, presentations, and outputs:

In 2018 we hosted a roundtable discussion with international scholars and a keynote presentation by James L. Perry, a leading researcher on Public Sector Motivation. We also organized a Ph.D. workshop in Utrecht in November 2018 with 10 Ph.D. students, which acted as an excellent opportunity for these students to build their early-career research skills.

Members of our SIG will be presenting at a Public Sector Motivation conference hosted by the Marriot School of Business at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City later this year.

Several publications from SIG members will be presented in a forthcoming special issue of the International Public Management Journal.

Primary contact:

Adrian Ritz

KMO Center for Public Management, University of Bern