HRM in the public sector: Taking stock and looking ahead

Bram Steijn, Eva Knies

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In this concluding chapter, we take stock of research on HRM in the public sector based on the various chapters in this Research Handbook. We use our conceptual model to structure the discussion. The chapters convincingly show how the public context shapes the various elements of the HRM value chain. Both the institutional context itself, as well as the many stakeholders involved, make HRM in public organizations distinct. The chapter concludes with identifying the main challenges for HRM and public administration researchers and HRM practitioners in the public sector. The former are encouraged to engage in stronger theorizing and conceptualization, as well as in more, and more rigorous, empirical work. The latter are encouraged to use the insights presented in this book to address the major challenges facing public organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on HRM in the Public Sector
Subtitle of host publicationElgar Handbooks in Public Administration and Management
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781789906622
ISBN (Print)9781789906615
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

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