Administrative Innovation Among Ohio Local Government Finance Officers
Abbreviated Journal Title
Amer. Rev. Public Adm.
ORGANIZATIONAL INNOVATION; MUNICIPAL-GOVERNMENT; MANAGEMENT TOOLS; Public Administration
This study centers on a mailed survey of Ohio local government finance officers that recorded a 43% response rate. It seeks to determine the arrent to which the represented jurisdictions have adopted innovative administrative management tools and techniques to identify possible determinants of adoption, and to explore potential outcomes of adoption. The authors conducted a longitudinal analysis to provide for the identification of potential outcomes. they found that Ohio local governments have been less innovative than jurisdictions surveyed in national surveys and that smaller local governments in Ohio tend to be more innovative than larger governments. The authors were unable to identify determinants of adoption or to construct a model of adoption. The article concludes that the adoption of administrative innovations appears to be an idiosyncratic process. Adoption does not appear to lead to greater satisfaction with the quality of the services provided by the respondent's jurisdiction or with the overall efficiency of the service delivery system. However the adoption of administrative innovations appears to be positively related to fund balances in future years-that is, innovation appears to pay off.
American Review of Public Administration
"Administrative Innovation Among Ohio Local Government Finance Officers" (1997). Faculty Bibliography 1990s. 1923.