Designing a Dwarfism Pattern in Iranian Government Organizations

Document Type : Research Article (with qualitative approaches)


1 Public Administration. Faculty of Humanities, Islamic Azad University of Bonab Branch, ,Bonab, Iran

2 Public Administration, Faculty of Humanities, Islamic Azad University of Bonab Branch, Bonab, Iran.


Purpose: One of the most important challenges of governmental organizations in the field of human resources is dwarfism, which in the long run causes the organization to face the problem of lack of required talents and the lack of systematic plans to ensure the continuity of leadership. Based on this, the aim of the current research is to design a dwarfism pattern in Iranian governmental organizations.
Design/ Methodology/ Approach: The strategy of this research is qualitative based on grounded theory. The statistical population of the research is executive managers and professors specializing in public administration. In this research, purposeful and snowball sampling was used to select the sample, which was achieved based on the saturation rule by conducting 17 interviews. Data were analyzed using Strauss and Corbin (1990) three-step coding method and MAXQDA 2020 software.
Research Findings: In this study, a total of 88 concepts in the form of 20 final sub-categories and 6 main categories, were found and they were: the politicization of the human resources management system, showcase management, Instability in the atmosphere of the organization and The antagonism of managers (causal conditions), merit phobia, Professional inefficiency, rejection of succession and administrative mercantilism (central category), ineffectiveness of the human resources recruitment system, lack of motivation of talented human resources and disregard for the growth and development of human resources (strategies/actions), short-sightedness of managers and interactions. limited and vague (intervening conditions), cultural, individual and social contexts (contextual conditions) and organizational numbness, organizational slowness, reduced efficiency and effectiveness of human resources and anti-elitism in the organization (consequences).
Limitations & consequences: The lack of easy access to experts due to the spread of the Corona virus was one of the limitations of this research.
Practical Consequences: In order to identify the dimensions and components of the dwarfism phenomenon in the present study, senior decision makers, policy makers and senior managers of governmental organizations should apply the necessary practical strategies to implement the research results.
Innovation or value of the Article: The present study is one of the less attention topics in the field of organizational behavior and human resource management and provides a model for it.
Paper type: Research Article


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