By Dorothy F. Olshfski
Reviews how state-level public executives and bosses in Tennessee make a decision and enforce coverage.
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We ordered his file from personnel. It was full of one problem after another. He had a history of problems, lawsuits, and this sort of thing; one of them, for instance, was that his job was abolished and he lobbied hard to have the position not abolished. ” Many managers would likely have routinely eliminated this applicant from the pool, thus an issue would never have arisen. That was the advice she received from her superior, who disagreed with, but did not oppose, her decision to hire the individual.
The extensive discretion to decide their own agendas for their departments, coupled with the governor’s limited agenda, meant that the commissioners had broad discretion to identify the problems that their departments would address without consulting the governor. Perspective: Commissioner Identified Based on Past Experiences with Government Prior to becoming commissioner, Susan Simons had dealings with the Department of General Services by serving as the procurement officer in another agency. She related how a computer that she had requested had been held up by the Department of General Services for eighteen months.
A middle manager must expend effort to import an issue that is not embedded in one’s job description or routine duties. A commissioner has more latitude than a middle manager in selecting, interpreting, and deciding issues. The following story of a promoted middle manager illustrates the importance of position and how location in the hierarchical structure colors an individual’s perception of organizational problems. I was working as warden and it had come to my attention that the prison hospital needed a particular piece of equipment.
Agendas and Decisions: How State Government Executives and Middle Managers Make and Administer Policy by Dorothy F. Olshfski