ERIC Number: EJ1103289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
The Empowering of Public Sector Officers in the Mauritian Public Sector in the Context of Reforms: How Far Has Management Education Helped?
Bhiwajee, Soolakshna Lukea; Garavan, Thomas N.
European Journal of Training and Development, v40 n4 p262-283 2016
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to provide insights about the usefulness of management education for the public sector in the Republic of Mauritius, which embarked on reforms initiatives around two decades ago. In this context, public officers were encouraged to follow specialised management courses. However, as at date, there is considerable evidence to say that the Mauritian public sector has not been successful in adopting new public sector management (NPM) doctrines. This study investigates into the effectiveness of the public sector management courses offered to the public servants in Mauritius to cope with NPM. It tries to identify the barriers that they face to implement what they have learnt, back at the workplace. Design/methodology/approach: The study makes use of the qualitative method using thematic analysis to analyse data, which was gathered through an unstructured interview carried among principal assistant secretaries and assistant secretaries of the Mauritian public sector. Findings: The study showed that while NPM is still making its way in the Mauritian public sector, officers perceived that management education has helped them in gaining the required scientific skills and competencies to cope with their day-to-day work. But applying them to the workplace has not been easy. The major factors put forward by these officers have been mainly the ingrained public sector culture and existing leadership. Originality/value: While extant researches focus on the success or failure of the implementation of NPM in various governments around the world, this study investigates how far management education has helped public sector officers adopt NPM doctrines in the Mauritian government. In doing so, it has also identified the barriers to the implementation of NPM in the Mauritian public sector.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Empowerment, Government Employees, Public Sector, Public Administration Education, Program Effectiveness, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Barriers, Social Action, Administrative Organization, Relevance (Education), Organizational Culture, Leadership
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Mauritius