CFP: Workshop on Public Service Motivation

Call for Papers

Workshop on “Behavioral Foundations of Public Service Motivation – Exchanging and Aligning Human Resource, Organizational Behavior and Public Administration Perspectives”

October 9 –10, 2014 | Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen | Lake Constance, Germany
Organizers: Rick Vogel, Zeppelin University & Fabian Homberg, Bournemouth University, UK

Public Service Motivation (PSM) is defined as an “individual’s predisposition to respond to motives grounded primarily or uniquely in public institutions and organizations” (Perry & Wise, 1990, p. 368). Although the literature on PSM has grown considerably in the past two decades (Andersen, 2009; Bright, 2011; Christensen & Wright, 2011; Coursey & Pandey, 2007; DeHart-Davis et al., 2006; Kim, 2009; Liu et al., 2008; Moynihan, 2013; Perry, 1997; Vandenabeele, 2011; Wright, 2007), the behavioral foundations of PSM still need to be explored. Recently, works from neighboring disciplines such as organizational psychology (Carpenter et al., 2012) and personnel economics (Georgellis et al., 2011; Georgellis & Tabvuma, 2010) have provided valuable insights into the antecedents and consequences of PSM with regard to Human Resource Management (HRM). Although concepts, such as self-determination theory or motivation crowding, originating in those disciplines adjacent to Public Administration have become more popular in PSM research, the exchange between disciplines has remained limited. Thus, this workshop aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas between the PSM/Public Administration and HRM/OB communities. We expect to host a mixed audience of established and early career researchers. We encourage all potential participants to submit an abstract to the workshop.

1) Firstly, the workshop will contribute to the clarification of the behavioral foundations of PSM. The purpose is to establish a conceptual relationship between PSM and similar behavioral dispositions such as altruism, pro-social behavior as well as intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Similarities and differences of PSM and these related concepts are still being controversially discussed in the literature (see e.g. Wright et al., 2013).

2) Secondly, the workshop targets to explore antecedents and consequences of PSM from the perspectives of HRM and OB in order to stimulate debate across disciplines. This provides insights into facilitating and hindering factors of PSM as well as potential intended and unintended (side) effects. Furthermore it is an opportunity to clarify links between PSM and other constructs (e.g. leadership styles, personality traits, core self-evaluations etc.).

3) A third aim of the workshop is to compare continental European and Anglo-American forms of PSM theoretically and empirically. Thereby the cultural and institutional conditions of different administrative traditions, logics and identities and their impact on PSM should be investigated (see e.g. Meyer et al., 2013).

The workshop will take place at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany. Zeppelin University with its own campus on the shore of Lake Constance is located in a three nation triangle consisting of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, one of the most geographically striking, competitive and dynamic regions in Europe. Friedrichshafen has a regional airport with connecting flights from many German and international destinations. The nearest international airport is Zurich, Switzerland.

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Dates and Deadlines
The workshop will take place on 9th and 10th October, 2014. Submission deadline is 15th July, 2014. Please submit your abstract of 800-1,000 words to Notification on acceptance by 31st July, 2014.

Accommodation costs and catering will be covered. A grant towards travelling expenses will be provided. We are grateful for financial co-funding by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and Zeppelin University (ZU).

Rick Vogel
Zeppelin University
Friedrichshafen, Germany

Fabian Homberg
Bournemouth University
Bournemouth, UK