Feb 26 2021

DPA Research & Policy Seminar Series: Hongtao Yi

February 26, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM




Chicago, IL 60607

DPA Research & Policy Seminar Series: Hongtao Yi

A Quasi-Network Exploration of City Managers’ Career Paths in the U.S.

Hongtao Yi is an associate professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University.

Local public managers are mobile in their career trajectory. While extant public administration literature has predominantly examined this topic from a leadership turnover perspective, few studies have approached the career trajectory of local managers from a holistic, system-level angle. This article frames the local managers’ interconnected career trajectories in a nationwide professional job market. We examine factors influencing the formation of such a leadership transfer network/chains among cities. With a dataset containing information from 517 curriculum vitae of U.S. city managers across 28 years, we employ panel dyadic logistic regressions to analyze the career transfer events between cities. Our findings suggest that managers are more likely to transfer among dyads of cities with similar levels of economic prosperity, population size, racial diversity, and political climate, and are geographically close. A promotion transfer tends to take place from a populous city to a less populous city, while a demotion transfer exhibits an opposite pattern.

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Michael Siciliano

Date posted

Feb 12, 2021

Date updated

Feb 15, 2021