Comparing the impact of management on public and private sector nurses in the UK, Italy, and Australia

Yvonne Brunetto*, Matthew Xerri, Elisabetta Trinchero, Rona Beattie, Kate Shacklock, Rodney Farr-Wharton, Elio Borgonovi

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    The research examined the impact of management upon employee outcomes (perceptions of discretionary power, well-being, engagement, and affective commitment), comparing public and private sector nurses in Australia, the United Kingdom, and Italy. Overall, 1,945 nurses participated in a self-report survey within these core- and laggard-New Public Management countries. While management influenced employee outcomes for each country, there were significant differences between the public and private sectors, with private sector nurses reporting higher perceptions of outcomes. Importantly, nurses’ engagement was affected by management practice for each country. This study raises important implications for nurse managers, especially public sector managers, described within.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)525-544
    Number of pages20
    JournalPublic Management Review
    Issue number4
    Early online date7 Apr 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2018


    • nursing
    • management
    • social exchange theory
    • engagement
    • discretionary power

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Business,Management and Accounting
    • General Nursing


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