Management is management or is it? A study of private- and public -sector managers in Massachusetts using the Most Valuable Performers (MVP) survey

by Dorsey-Oresto, Valarie T., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2009, 136 pages; 3339286


This study proposed to use the Most Valuable Performer (MVP) survey to measure public-sector managers’ values and competencies as compared to those of private-sector managers. The research sought to answer the question: Are there differences in public and private-sector managers’ values and competencies, as measured by the Most Valuable Performers (MVP) survey in Massachusetts? The MVP survey is an assessment tool that has been used to measure values and competencies in the private sector, but had not been used to evaluate public-sector managers. The survey was used to assess public managers and then compare the results to already archived private-sector managers’ scores. The MVP provides an analysis of what characterizes Most Valuable People, with a statistically valid and replicable profile of Massachusetts MVP private-sector managers. The findings were significant, following the analysis of data by comparing the means for the two groups on each major survey dimension, using two-tailed t tests. Upon completion, participants received a confidential summary that included the manager’s MVP profile based on individual responses to the Roiter Report of Corporate MVP Attributes. This information could foster an individuals’ development plan and enhance their values and competencies.

AdviserJohn Darland
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Public policy
Publication Number3339286

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