PhD Candidate in Public Governance
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I am PhD Candidate in Public Governance at Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM), Tilburg University.
My research lies in Institutional Economics, Public Governance, Experimental Economics, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
I am an interdisciplinary scholar with research and teaching experience that transcend the disciplinary boundaries between economics, public administration, social psychology, and innovation studies. My research projects focus on the prosocial motivations in different social contexts, applying conceptual, experimental, and survey methodologies to investigate how the complex and diverse interaction between psychological attributes and the social environment shape prosocial behaviour.
I hold a BA in International Business (specialized in Consumer Behavior and Business Strategy) at National Taiwan University, RM in Economics (specialized in Institutional Economics and Industrial Organization) at Tilburg University, and I am currently at the final stage of finishing my PhD in Public Governance at Tilburg University.
Abstract: Morality constructs the relationship between the self and others, providing a sense of appropriateness that facilitates and coordinates social behaviors. We start from Moral Foundation Theory (MFT), and argue that multiple moral domains can shape the meaning of public service and engender Public Service Motivation (PSM). From the lens of cognitive science, we develop a causal map for PSM by understanding the social cognition process underlying PSM, focusing on five innate moralities as the potential antecedents of PSM: Care, Fairness, Authority, Loyalty, and Sanctity. Extending moral domains beyond compassion and justice can provide a disaggregated view of PSM, which may help to identify institutional and cultural variation in the meaning of PSM. We discuss the theoretical implications of synthesizing MFT and PSM literatures, and provide directions for future research that could improve our understanding of PSM.