Guest editorialNovel and overlooked techniques for public management research questions

Deanna Malatesta, Craig Smith

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Purpose: This article provides a snapshot of several innovative and underused methodological approaches employed by scholars from across public management. Design/methodology/approach: A comparative review of methodological approaches to public management research is used. Findings: The authors find evidence of scholars applying numerous novel methodological approaches to study social science phenomena, including agent-based modeling, nonparametic approaches, social network analysis, Granger equations and techniques for correcting selection bias. Research limitations/implications: The review does not cover all of the innovative methodological approaches used in social science. However, the methodological techniques showcased offer promise for advancing public management research, whether used as primary applications or as one of multiple methods (triangulation) to test the validity of research findings and/or to more comprehensively understand the phenomena being studied. Originality/value: The techniques reviewed include example applications to aid researchers who may wish to apply them in their own research. The novel tools and methods already in use by public management researchers contradict the perception that public management methods have lagged behind other social science disciplines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-613
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Public Sector Management
Issue number6
StatePublished - Oct 26 2021


  • Agent-based modeling
  • Granger equations
  • Nonparametic
  • Selection bias
  • Social network analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Public Administration
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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