How do we motivate employees in the public sector?

Big Questions of Public Administration – Group Paper

The concept of “Big Questions” is the idea that there are important issues that impact governance in the United States.  During the quarter we have looked at a number of theoretical perspectives or “Big Questions.”  Many of them overlap in their concepts.  These have included:

2) Should we strive for democracy or efficiency?

3) How do we motivate employees in the public sector?

8) Should government be focused on the good of the individual or of the group?

In an 8-10 double-spaced page essay, prepared on a group basis (instructor will assign groups), select between 2 and 3 of the theoretical perspectives we have discussed, outline the core issues and use examples from your workplaces to answer the question.

There are some resources:

Box: Part 1 Chapter 3 Part II pp. 39-90

US Constitution  http://constitutionus.com/

Federalism  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60G6oT2h_w4

Democracy’s Road to Tyranny https://fee.org/articles/democracys-road-to-tyranny/

Box: Part V

Role of the Public Manager and Managing people

Theories: Normative – Role of Administrative State/Public Manager, Motivation theories, Public Service Motivation

Woodrow Wilson: The Study of Administration

http://www.iupui.edu/~spea1/V502/Orosz/Units/Sections/u1s5/Woodrow_Wilson_Study_of_Administration_1887_jstor.pdf

Politics v Administration theory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVxA5F2OMOU

Denhardt, R. and Denhardt, J. (2000). The New Public Service: Serving Rather than    Steering. Public Administration Review, 60:6  EBSCO Business

Newbold- Constitutional role for Public Administration http://faculty.cbpp.uaa.alaska.edu/afgjp/PADM601%20Fall%202010/Toward%20a%20Constitutional%20School%20for%20Am%20PA.pdf

Managing People

Fredrick Taylor- Scientific Management https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNfy_AHG-MU

Hawthorne Experiments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLVp-CrBnPo

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nASV5I_WG3k

McGregor- Theory X and Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXAzZRnJo2o

Box VI

Introduction to Ethics- A great introduction from the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/introduction/intro_1.shtml

A short perspective from Santa Clara University http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/decision/whatisethics.html

ASPA Code of Ethics– http://www.aspanet.org/public/ASPA/Resources/Code_of_Ethics/ASPA/Resources/Code_of_Ethics/Code_of_Ethics1.aspx?hkey=acd40318-a945-4ffc-ba7b-18e037b1a858

Federal Ethics web site https://www.oge.gov/

NASPAA Public Service Values https://naspaaaccreditation.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/naspaa-accreditation-standards.pdf

Cooper, T. (2004). Big Questions in Administrative Ethics. Public Administration           Review, 64:4. EBSCO/Business Source Premier

Carol W. Lewis (2006) In Pursuit of the Public Interest, Public Administration Review,        66:5, 694-701.

Sexual Harassment https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/sexharassresources.html

CSUSB Title IX and Gender Equity  https://www.csusb.edu/title-ix

Decision Making – Dan Ariely

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X68dm92HVI