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date: 05 December 2019

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In spite of various claims about the importance of the public–private distinction, the clearly prevailing consensus among scholars and experts on management holds that the distinction is not worth much. Many scholars have argued that the “sectors” involve such vastly diverse sets of management settings that distinctions such as public, private, and non-profit become confusing and misleading. In addition, over the years, major organization theorists have proclaimed that public and private management show more similarities than differences. These proclamations reflect a “generic” orientation among many management and organization theorists, who take the position that managers face common challenges in most or all settings, such as leading, motivating, and decision making.

Keywords: public management, private management, organization theorists, decision making, managerial challenges, motivation

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