Do Employees Behave Differently in Public - Vs Private-Sector Organizations?

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

40 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)


Governmental, public-sector organizations are known to operate differently than private, for-profit organizations. But do sector differences exist at the individual level as well? In this article we review twenty-eight hypothesis-driven empirical studies on this question. Most of the single studies found significant individual-level differences between the two sectors, although not always in the expected direction. After showing the limited available evidence, we criticize this line of inquiry and recommend to: (1) test broader models in which sector is only one of a range of variables; (2) enhance refinement in the use of research methods; and (3) improve the theoretical underpinning
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)967-1002
JournalPublic management review
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • METIS-287691
  • IR-81234

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Do Employees Behave Differently in Public - Vs Private-Sector Organizations?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this