Follow the leader? Leader succession and staff attitudes in public sector organizations

Geys, Ben, Connolly, Sara ORCID:, Kassim, Hussein ORCID: and Murdoch, Zuzana (2020) Follow the leader? Leader succession and staff attitudes in public sector organizations. Public Administration Review, 80 (4). pp. 555-564. ISSN 0033-3352

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Public sector organizations face regular turnover in top leadership positions. Yet little is known about how such changes affect staff attitudes. The authors argue that top leader succession may influence staff attitudes, particularly when new leaders are “outsiders” and/or subordinates interact regularly with their leaders. Using a unique two-wave survey conducted within the European Commission in 2008 and 2014, this analysis tests these propositions by studying the same individuals before and after shifts in top political (commissioner) and administrative (director-general) positions. The study shows that leadership succession can trigger meaningful shifts in subordinates' stated attitudes regarding the European Commission's supranational identity. These findings are important because staff attitudes about organizational values and aims represent a key driver of individual and organizational performance.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2020 00:46
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 05:56
DOI: 10.1111/puar.13189

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