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Title:The Nature of Managerial Work in the Public Sector: An African Perspective
Authors:Vengroff, Richard
Belhaj, Mohamed
Ndiaye, Momar
Periodical:Public Administration and Development
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:public sector
Labor and Employment
Politics and Government
Abstract:It has been asserted too often that the development of non-Western countries is highly dependent upon their assimilation of Western management techniques. Yet, the applicability of Western management techniques to a non-Western cultural milieu remains the subject of debate in the public administration and management literature. Much of the management development literature since the mid-1970s has dealt with the replicability of H. Mintzberg's partition of the nature and contents of the manager's activities in diverse Western work settings, in the US primarily. Few attempts have been undertaken to test Mintzberg's findings in non-Western settings. In this article, the authors attempt to partially fill this gap in the literature. More specifically, they investigate the degrees to which the management roles identified in the US can be applied generically to the public sector in the African context. The findings indicate that perceptions of management roles at the macrolevel are highly consistent across cultural boundaries. Significant differences, derived primarily from the historic experience of colonial administration and the contingent microlevel impact are also noted. The implications of these findings for the design and implementation of management training programmes in Africa are explored. Bibliogr.