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Article: The use of multiple informants in public administration research: Data aggregation using organizational echelons

TitleThe use of multiple informants in public administration research: Data aggregation using organizational echelons
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Issue Date2009
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://jpart.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
Journal Of Public Administration Research And Theory, 2009, v. 19 n. 2, p. 229-253 How to Cite?
AbstractSurveys are an important methodological tool in public management research. Multiple informant surveys are held to have considerable methodological advantages over elite surveys (the practice of surveying a top manager, e.g., a chief executive). Although in principle multiple informant surveys can provide a more accurate organizational picture, problems of data aggregation arise in practice. To promote better use of multiple informant surveys, this article reviews approaches to aggregating organizational data. It provides the first empirical test of echelon methods of data aggregation for public management research. We find significant differences between echelon aggregations, elite surveys and unstandardized forms of aggregations (e.g., a simple mean). These results support our argument that careful theoretical and empirical analysis of multiple informant surveys data is required to provide valid and reliable measures of organizational properties.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60935
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.893
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 5.400
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dc.contributor.authorBoyne, GAen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWalker, RMen_HK
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dc.description.abstractSurveys are an important methodological tool in public management research. Multiple informant surveys are held to have considerable methodological advantages over elite surveys (the practice of surveying a top manager, e.g., a chief executive). Although in principle multiple informant surveys can provide a more accurate organizational picture, problems of data aggregation arise in practice. To promote better use of multiple informant surveys, this article reviews approaches to aggregating organizational data. It provides the first empirical test of echelon methods of data aggregation for public management research. We find significant differences between echelon aggregations, elite surveys and unstandardized forms of aggregations (e.g., a simple mean). These results support our argument that careful theoretical and empirical analysis of multiple informant surveys data is required to provide valid and reliable measures of organizational properties.en_HK
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