Responsible Risk-Taking

Evan M. Berman, Jonathan P. West

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This article examines the concept of "responsible risk-taking." What does it entail? How prevalent is it? What is its effect on productivity improvement? The authors examine these questions and report the results from a national survey of municipal managers. Findings show that many senior local government managers are responsible risk-takers, and that such orientations are associated with high levels of productivity and low levels of litigation. However, about 17 percent of the respondents are found to be at-risk entrepreneurs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-352
Number of pages7
JournalPublic Administration Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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