The subject organization of this article is the government employment agency in Sweden. The agency is a key component of the national labour market focusing specifically on placing the unemployed and job-seekers in work. The agency also administers the processes of providing benefits to the unemployed. We describe the agency, its work and some of its special features and its workforce. We discuss how these features impact on organizational climate and performance. We outline the characteristics of a cadre organization, and particularly how features of this type of organization influence workplace climate. We discuss the ways in which workplace climate contributes to workplace performance. Finally, we review two empirical studies of the agency and its workforce and use data from these studies to augment our discussions. The agency is a real-life organization managing real world issues. Complexities abound. We attempt to unravel some of these complexities.
Authors: Hunt, B; Ivergard, T
Author Keywords: Cadre organization; learning; performance measurement; public sector
Publication info: Public Management Review, Volume 9, Issue 1, March 2007, Pages 27-47
Impact Factor: 0.475
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