Strategic Public Management for Financial Condition: Focus on Fund Balances of School Districts
Date of Issue2017
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Scholars have emphasized the roles of strategic public management and the financial condition but little is known about the link between the two. Finding the missing link is the purpose of this study. By analyzing data from K-12 Texas school districts, this study investigates how top managers’ strategic efforts toward their superiors, subordinates, and external stakeholders affect the financial condition of school districts. The findings suggest that superintendents’ managing upward toward school boards increases fund balances, whereas managing downward toward school principals decreases fund balances. Apparently, the relationships between school boards, superintendents, and school principals contain different priorities and incentives that influence their behaviors in managing school district budgets.
Strategic public management
The Social Science Journal
© 2017 Western Social Science Association. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication in The Social Science Journal, published by Elsevier Inc on behalf of Western Social Science Association. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soscij.2017.02.002].