Public Service Motivation Research in Africa

  • James Kwame Mensah
  • George Babington Amegavi
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_3619-1

Synonyms

Definition

Public service motivation is defined as “an individual’s predisposition to respond to motives grounded primarily or uniquely in public institutions and organizations” (Perry and Wise 1990: 368). Similarly, Brewer and Selden (1998: 417) defined PSM as “the motivational force that induces individuals to perform meaningful public service,” while Rainey and Steinbauer (1999: 23) maintained that PSM is a “general, altruistic motivation to serve the interests of a community of people, a state, a nation or humankind.” One of the most widely used definitions was given by Vandenabeele (2007: 547) as “beliefs, values and attitudes that go beyond self-interest and organisational interest, that concern the interest of a larger political entity.”

Introduction

The emergence of the concept of PSM is accredited to a discussion on public service ethics in the 1970s aimed at...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Kwame Mensah
    • 1
  • George Babington Amegavi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Business AdministrationUniversity of Professional StudiesAccraGhana
  2. 2.Department of Public Administration and Health Services ManagementUniversity of Ghana Business SchoolAccraGhana