Finding new ways to improve public sector performance is one of the key
objectives of Public Management research. Our project intends to contribute
to this rapidly developing research field by establishing a causal chain from
leadership training to leadership strategy to organisational performance.


Leadership is seen as fundamentally important for improving public sector performance, but the existing literature has severe endogeneity problems. Using a field experiment with 672 Danish leaders and their 20.000 employees, this project will contribute to overcome these problems. Analysing the effects of leadership training and leadership strategies on organizational performance, we will contribute to the international literature on leadership and the domestic debate on public sector steering and performance.

How can government continually improve performance so as to earn the respect of citizens who pay for it and whose lives are affected by its activities? The literature (Wright & Pandey 2010; Buelens et al. 2006) indicates that leadership and leadership training are important parts of the answer, and this project therefore asks how leadership training affects leadership strategies, and how these strategies affect organizational performance. We also investigate whether performance information use and psychological working environment mediate part of the effect of leadership strategy on organizational performance.

We primarily focus on public sector leadership, but we include private organizations to test whether public sector leadership differs from private sector leadership. We distinguish between transactional leadership based on exchange of rewards for effort and transformational leadership where leaders are focused on changing their followers’ motivation and values. 

For more details about the project see here

Co-funded by:

The Danish Council for Independent Research

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An award to one of our participants

Louise Ladegaard received a best paper award for young researchers at the EGPA conference in Toulouse. For more info see here