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A comparative study of employee’s Public Service Motivation Levels across public leisure centres within Ireland’s local authorities.

Gallagher, Eoin (2015) A comparative study of employee’s Public Service Motivation Levels across public leisure centres within Ireland’s local authorities. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

In the past number of years there has been an increase in the number of fitness facilities supplied by local government authorities throughout Ireland. Three distinct provision models are currently used to provide these services, directly provided, arm's-length and private management companies. The latter two were introduced in the United Kingdom to provide cost savings. The purpose of this study is to examine the staff of these provision models through the prism of Public Service Motivation (PSM). In the literature PSM is recognised as essential element in the recruitment and performance of public sector workers. Using the scale developed by Perry (1996), the four dimensions of PSM were examined. The research found that there was a significant difference in PSM across provision models with privately managed centres staff displaying less altruistic tendencies than their arm's-length colleagues. The secondary hypothesis in the study found that hierarchical level and contract type did not influence PSM levels as the literature suggested. When compared to international studies, the sample displayed lower levels of PSM than their public sector colleagues. The information contained in this dissertation will be of interest to local government authorities when deciding which provision models is the best fit for their facilities.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Performance Management > Motivation
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government > Public Sector
Divisions: School of Business > Masters of Science in Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2015 15:03
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2015 15:03
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2044

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