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Title: Taking context and strategy seriously : the contracting out decision in the U.S. public education
Authors: Rho, Eunju
Kim, Soojin
Han, Sumin
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Rho, E., Kim, S. & Han, S. (2020). Taking context and strategy seriously : the contracting out decision in the U.S. public education. Public Management Review, 23(9), 1398-1422.
Journal: Public Management Review 
Abstract: This study examines how contracting decisions can be influenced by organizational contexts, managerial strategies, and the interaction between the environment and strategies, building on Miles and Snow’s strategy typology—prospectors, defenders, and reactors. Our empirical evidence shows that the fragmented political context affects contracting decisions and only the reactor strategy leads to less contracting. Moreover, the impact of top-level managers’ particular strategic stances on contracting decisions becomes greater as fiscal power is centralized within a relatively simpler intergovernmental political setting. Likewise, a higher level of financial deficiency can ameliorate the negative effect of a defender strategy on contracting decisions.
ISSN: 1471-9037
DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2020.1763073
Schools: School of Social Sciences 
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Public Management Review on 01 Jun 2020, available online:
Fulltext Permission: open
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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