Public Performance & Management Review vol:37 issue:3 pages:496-520
Decentralization of managerial authority from top level management towards lower hierarchical level within public organizations is believed to lead to more committed and empowered middle and lower management levels, and consequently an increase in organisational performance. This article seeks to provide a better empirical understanding of the effects of organizational autonomy and result control on the degree of internal decentralization of managerial decision making within public sector organizations. Results show that organizational autonomy and result control affect the degree of decentralization within state agencies. Furthermore, organizational size and age prove to be determinants of the degree of internal decentralisation.