Literature reviews and meta-analyses take stock of the existing research on a specific subject. They are thus particularly useful as syntheses that can help readers explore themes and grasp the essence of what research has uncovered on a specific subject. Often, such studies are a great starting point for further reading. They are crucial tools for evidence-based thinking, and provide future research avenues to help advance research and theory. Below an overview of literature reviews and meta-analyses in which Bert has been involved as well as specific links (open access). A meta-analysis focuses specifically on quantitative studies, a narrative literature review centers on providing novel ways of thinking about a subject illustrated through a select range of studies and a systematic literature review integrates empirical studies on a subject to illustrate links between concepts and potential black spots in research.
Systematic literature reviews:
Systematic literature review focusing on open strategy (i.e. involving stakeholders other than top management in strategy processes): Link.
Systematic literature review focusing on goal formation in public organizations from a strategic public management perspective: Link.
Systematic literature review focusing on policy learning and, specifically, its conceptualization and measurement: Link.
Systematic literature review of studies focusing on how public values are assessed in policymaking and public management: Link.
Systematic literature review of studies focusing on the determinants, characteristics and outcomes of strategic management in public organizations: Link.
Meta-analysis of studies investigating the impact of red tape on employee outcomes and organizational performance: Link.
Meta-analysis of studies investigating the impact of strategic planning on organizational performance: Link.
Narrative literature reviews:
Narrative literature review of strategic management in public administration aimed at identifying and defining core concepts underlying the construct: Link.
Narrative literature review of strategy in public administration aimed at introducing the framework of behavioral public strategy: Link.
Narrative literature review of common source bias in public administration aimed at providing a balanced argument and guidelines for research: Link.