Faculty news 2017


Cullen C. Merritt, MPA alumna Kathleen Cordell, and MPA student Morgan D. Farnworth co-authored the article “Less is More? Publicness, Management Strategy, and Organizational Performance in Mental Health Treatment Facilities,” which was recently accepted for publication in Public Administration Quarterly. The authors explore the constraints publicness mechanisms – such as government funding and regulation – impose on facilities’ capacities to achieve public outcomes. Through analysis of semi-structured interviews conducted with senior managers of mental health treatment facilities, two distinct constraints emerged: publicness often inhibits organizational efficiency and produces mission drift within these facilities. Findings suggest that managers, under certain conditions (and where legally feasible), may provide greater effectiveness in fulfilling organizational goals and objectives and in achieving public outcomes by maintaining or decreasing an organization’s publicness.