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Sustainability in Organizational Values and Public Administration

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2022) | Viewed by 20094

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Dear Colleagues,

Today public and private organizations co-exist in a vulnerable environment characterized by continuous variations whose potential impact on organizational dynamics exerts a direct effect on the strategy of the organization and the achievement of its goals.

The values ​​in our society, and consequently in public administration are in constant mutation.

Organizational values and organizational culture are key factors for public administration to implement strategies aimed at improving its performance to fulfil its mission. Developed studies demonstrate that there is a significant difference in perceptions regarding organizational values between the public sector and the private sector. In the public sector we mention values such as legitimacy, incorruptibility and impartiality. In the private sector the scenario is slightly different, values such as cost effectiveness and capacity of innovation are highlighted. 

These organizational values (public and private) ​​have a significant impact on the attitudes and behaviours, practices, policies and structures. They not only serve as a guide for strategic decisions, they also allow organizations to operate in a way efficient. Nevertheless, it’s of extreme importance to highlight that this practices, policies, structures and decisions must be in a state of harmony with an important principle: the sustainability of organizations.

This Special Issue will embrace an assortment of papers presenting original, innovative and scientific contributions to the academy, aiming answer the following question: How do public and private values influence the sustainability of public organizations?

Prof. Pedro Miguel Alves Ribeiro Correia
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Keywords

  • Values
  • Public Administration
  • Public Sector
  • Private Sector
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Sustainability

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The Effect of Strategic Human Resource and Knowledge Management on Sustainable Competitive Advantages at Jordanian Universities: The Mediating Role of Organizational Innovation
by Fieras Alfawaire and Tarik Atan
Sustainability 2021, 13(15), 8445; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158445 - 28 Jul 2021
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The higher education sector faces considerable competition around the world. Accordingly, universities need to make more efforts to increase their competitive advantages. This study aimed to empirically investigate the effect of organizational innovation (OI), knowledge management (KM), and strategic human resource management (SHRM), [...] Read more.
The higher education sector faces considerable competition around the world. Accordingly, universities need to make more efforts to increase their competitive advantages. This study aimed to empirically investigate the effect of organizational innovation (OI), knowledge management (KM), and strategic human resource management (SHRM), with a dependent variable of sustainable competitive advantages (SCAs), at Jordanian Universities. For this aim, a specially designed questionnaire has been distributed to study a convenience sample of 400 academic and administrative staff at Jordanian private and public universities, to obtain the required quantitative data. The study’s hypotheses were verified by Baron and Kenny’s mediation regression approach using the software Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). The results of the study demonstrate that there is a significant positive relationship between the following pairs of variables: KM and SCA; SHRM and SCA; SHRM and OI; KM and OI; and OI and SCA, whereas OI was found to have a partial and indirect significant mediation impact on the direct relationship between KM and SHRM and universities (organizations) gaining SCAs. Finally, it was concluded that more attention needs to be paid to the OI aspect in organizations and to integrate it with KM and SHRM in a way that promotes SCAs. In addition, we propose that similar studies should be conducted in industries other than education or the education sector in different countries in a way that obtains generalized and representative results. Full article
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The Combat against COVID-19 in Portugal, Part II: How Governance Reinforces Some Organizational Values and Contributes to the Sustainability of Crisis Management
by Pedro Miguel Alves Ribeiro Correia, Ireneu de Oliveira Mendes, Sandra Patrícia Marques Pereira and Inês Subtil
Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8715; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208715 - 21 Oct 2020
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The new coronavirus caught governments all over the world completely unaware, which led to a set of different and sometimes not quite articulated responses, leading to some undesirable results. The present investigation is based on three objectives: to assess the conditions “before” and [...] Read more.
The new coronavirus caught governments all over the world completely unaware, which led to a set of different and sometimes not quite articulated responses, leading to some undesirable results. The present investigation is based on three objectives: to assess the conditions “before” and “during” the combat and the expected consequences “after” the outbreak, by having as reference the Portuguese case; to offer a framework of the input factors to crisis management in the pandemic context; and to contribute to the crisis management literature, in the public sector from a perspective of collaborative and multi-level governance. This research is inductive and follows a quantitative approach, with the proposal and testing of a crisis management COVID-19 structural model. The Portuguese case presented in this paper suggests a robust and valid crisis management model. This model may be well translated for other countries with cultural proximity to the Portuguese culture, for instance, Portuguese speaking countries such as Brazil, or geographical proximity to Portugal such as, for instance, Spain. The authors, nevertheless, advise readers to exert some restraint on the extrapolation of the results, as governance systems and traditions can vary a good deal from country to country. Future studies should focus on the importance of coordination as one of the most important areas in crisis management, narrowing the scope of analysis from the broad, macro understanding of the research problem presented on this paper. Full article
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The Combat against COVID-19 in Portugal: How State Measures and Data Availability Reinforce Some Organizational Values and Contribute to the Sustainability of the National Health System
by Pedro Miguel Alves Ribeiro Correia, Ireneu de Oliveira Mendes, Sandra Patrícia Marques Pereira and Inês Subtil
Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7513; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187513 - 11 Sep 2020
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Countries are facing a pandemic crisis in the context of a new disease from the coronavirus family, referred to as COVID-19. This article aims to present the main facts related to the fight against the pandemic from the perspective of the Portuguese governance, [...] Read more.
Countries are facing a pandemic crisis in the context of a new disease from the coronavirus family, referred to as COVID-19. This article aims to present the main facts related to the fight against the pandemic from the perspective of the Portuguese governance, aiming to contribute to the knowledge of crisis management by political leaders as well as the performance of public entities. The present research was conducted through a quantitative approach, using data publicly provided by the Portuguese Directorate General of Health. An explanatory and descriptive study is presented about the current panorama, and yet to be shared good practices of crisis management and the relevance of organizational values in crisis management and crisis coordination are also discussed. Based on the lessons from Portugal, the authors suggest the relevance of organizational values and stakeholders’ coordination as key factors in crisis situations, such as the current one. Full article
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Public Administration and Values Oriented to Sustainability: A Systematic Approach to the Literature
by Isabel Marques, João Leitão, Alba Carvalho and Dina Pereira
Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2566; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052566 - 27 Feb 2021
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Values guide actions and judgements, form the basis of attitudinal and behavioral processes, and have an impact on leaders’ decision-making, contributing to more sustainable performance. Through a bibliometric study and content analysis, 2038 articles were selected from Scopus, from the period 1994–2021, presenting [...] Read more.
Values guide actions and judgements, form the basis of attitudinal and behavioral processes, and have an impact on leaders’ decision-making, contributing to more sustainable performance. Through a bibliometric study and content analysis, 2038 articles were selected from Scopus, from the period 1994–2021, presenting global research tendencies on the subject of values, public administration, and sustainability. The results indicate that Sustainability is the most productive journal, the main research category is in social sciences, the most productive institution is the University of Queensland, the location with the most publications and research collaborations is the USA, and the authors with the greatest number of articles are Chung, from Chung-Ang University; García-Sánchez, from the University of Salamanca; and Pérez, from the University of Cantabria. Analysis of keywords shows that the most relevant are “sustainability”, “CSR”, “sustainable development”, “innovation”, and “leadership”. Time analysis of keywords reveals a tendency for lines of research in the social and work area. The results also provide data about the framing of studies in sustainability pillars and the types of values referred to and indicate the main areas of public administration studied. Finally, a future research agenda is proposed. Full article
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