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Span of control and the significance for public sector managers' job demands: A multilevel study
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics. University of Borås, Sweden .
2014 (English)In: Economic and Industrial Democracy, ISSN 0143-831X, E-ISSN 1461-7099, Vol. 35, no 3, 455-481 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to investigate how span of control influences seven job demands common amongst operational public sector managers. Self-administrated surveys were collected from 434 managers organized in 37 municipal operations, i.e. management teams in a set of public organizations in Sweden, and complemented with register data. Multilevel analyses were performed and it was shown unfavorable to have a large number of subordinates for the majority of job demands investigated. Furthermore, managers who were members of management teams with a higher average span of control experience some job demands to an even higher extent. Thus, the results of this study demonstrate that span of control is a key upstream component of managers' job demands and emphasize the value of a reasonable number of subordinates.

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2014. Vol. 35, no 3, 455-481 p.
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Management, organization, public sector, span of control, working conditions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-151344DOI: 10.1177/0143831X13488002ISI: 000340716300005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84905743936OAI: diva2:748382

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Available from: 2014-09-19 Created: 2014-09-18 Last updated: 2014-09-19Bibliographically approved

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