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A Typology of Followers in the Public Sector: Focusing on the Perception of Rule and Self-Performance

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2014, 25(2), pp.183-215
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

김덕수 1 Choi, Taehyon 2

1서울대학교
2서울대학교 행정대학원

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ABSTRACT

Interest in organizational performance has traditionally inspired leadership studies. By contrast, research on followership is just burgeoning, and there is little empirical research on followers, particularly in the public sector. In order to address this deficit, this study examined four types of followers according to two dimensions: perception of the importance of rule compliance and self-perception of performance. Socio-demographic attributes, self-image, perception of leaders, and follower attitudes were considered to identify the traits of each type. The results reveal that those with high scores in both dimensions exhibit positive images of the self, leaders, and peers, while those with low scores in either dimension exhibit relatively negative images of the self, leader, and peers. The study concludes by discussing the theoretical and practical implications of the findings for followers in local government and the public sector in general.

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