Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine values among public sector employees. Furthermore, this study will identify differences according to several demographical variables with relevant policy making implications. Design/methodology/approach: Once the literature review on public sector values and the description of the Tri-axial model is presented, analysis based on a survey of 3018 public sector will be undertaken. The sample consists of employees working in the Government of Andalusia, Spain. Findings: Results reveal the domination of pragmatic values, as well as values connected to the ethical axis. The study also shows how these values vary according to several demographic characteristics of the respondents, especially when considering their level of education and their respective tenure. Assessing public sector values trough the Tri-axial Model: Empirical evidence from Spain 4 Research limitations/implications: When managing employees from public organizations, emphasis should be given to the development of an organizational culture that represents a configuration of both pragmatic and ethical axes. Originality/value: This study was tested with relatively a large sample size (more than three thousand observations) thus adding significant and original value to the empirical test of the Tri-axial model.

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Esteve Laporta, Marc; Grau Sarabia, Monica; Valle Cabrera, Ramn

Assessing public sector values through the Tri-axial model: Empirical evidence from Spain

03/2013
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine values among public sector employees. Furthermore, this study will identify differences according to several demographical variables with relevant policy making implications. Design/methodology/approach: Once the literature review on public sector values and the description of the Tri-axial model is presented, analysis based on a survey of 3018 public sector will be undertaken. The sample consists of employees working in the Government of Andalusia, Spain. Findings: Results reveal the domination of pragmatic values, as well as values connected to the ethical axis. The study also shows how these values vary according to several demographic characteristics of the respondents, especially when considering their level of education and their respective tenure. Assessing public sector values trough the Tri-axial Model: Empirical evidence from Spain 4 Research limitations/implications: When managing employees from public organizations, emphasis should be given to the development of an organizational culture that represents a configuration of both pragmatic and ethical axes. Originality/value: This study was tested with relatively a large sample size (more than three thousand observations) thus adding significant and original value to the empirical test of the Tri-axial model.
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Assessing public sector values through the Tri-axial model: Empirical evidence from Spain
Esteve Laporta, Marc; Grau Sarabia, Monica; Valle Cabrera, Ramn
Barcelona (Spain) 03/2013
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