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Human resource management in public transports: organizational typologies and research actions

Alfonso Marino (Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Caserta, Italy)
Paolo Pariso (Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Caserta, Italy)

VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems

ISSN: 2059-5891

Article publication date: 8 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Studying bus local public transport in 20 Italian provincial capitals, the present paper aims to identify organizational factors to assess different modes of service managerial steering.

Design/methodology/approach

Starting from bureaucratic theory, the paper analyzes four different modes of managerial steering in a regression model that accounts for several variables to assess the quality of Italian bus local public service transport.

Findings

The research shows that a network managerial structure performs significantly better than any other type. The 20 provincial capitals are homogeneous in relation to the variables considered. Italian bus local public transport is managed by bureaucratic public organizations. Adhocracy, as opposed to machine bureaucracy, seems to be the more effective mode of managerial steering for sector specific aspects in different capitals, despite that, network managerial structure – associated adhocracy – is used only in five capitals (main cities).

Originality/value

The paper highlights that the dichotomy between machine bureaucracy versus adhocracy shows interesting considerations related to different mode to management of Italian bus local public service transport.

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Citation

Marino, A. and Pariso, P. (2021), "Human resource management in public transports: organizational typologies and research actions", VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/VJIKMS-01-2021-0006

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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