Department of Political Science

Performance Implications of Public Managers’ Goal Prioritization: An Empirical Test of the Link between Internal Management and Organizational Performance

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Most studies on the goals-performance nexus focus on the implications of goal design. In public organizations with multiple goals, managerial goal prioritization can, however, in itself play a decisive role for performance. This study examines the effects of managerial goal prioritization and employee commitment on organizational performance. Analyses of parallel surveys of principals and teachers in higher secondary education and archival data on school performance show that principals’ goal prioritization is positively related to high school performance. The findings thus indicate that public managers should concentrate not only on how they design goals, but also on how they prioritize them.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Volume40
Issue11
Pages (from-to)918-929
Number of pages12
ISSN0190-0692
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2017

    Research areas

  • Goal commitment, goal prioritization, organizational performance, public management

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