Borry's research focuses on rules, red tape, and ethics in the public sector. Overarching themes in Borry's writings include how to better understand red tape and rule bending in public organizations, as well as how to teach public administration through the use of popular culture, such as the television show, Parks and Recreation. She also has written on the ethical impact of automation on public sector employees. Borry serves as a research fellow with the Center for Organization Research and Design at Arizona State University and with the Local Government Workplace Initiative at University of North Carolina.
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Argues that focusing on a single dimension of organizational structure as a red tape driver is unrealistically narrow. Advances hypotheses as to how organizational centralization and hierarchy affect perceived red tape, in addition to formalization. Implies that red tape is a multifaceted perception of organizational structure rather than perceived pathological formalization.
Introduces Parks and Recreation as a tool for teaching public administration.
Addresses potential implications of automation as they apply to the public-sector workforce and its expressed values. Utilizes scholarly predictions to forecast the ways in which automation may impact the public workforce, including the sector's commitment to equity goals such as equal employment opportunity and the cultivation of a diverse workforce.
Addresses how Parks and Recreation can be used to teach public ethics to public administration students.
Introduces organizational norms, in the form of the ethical climate, as a potential influence on individual rule bending.
Introduces the Three-Item Red Tape (TIRT) scale. Discusses how this scale provides an advantage over previous red tape measures by accounting for perceptions and by removing "red tape" from the scale's items.