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KMPA 2910 - Public Management: Foundations, strategy and performance

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2018-2019

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This intensive short course provides students with an introduction into the foundations of management, strategy and performance in the public sector. It introduces students, first, into the unique challenges of managing in the public sector and prevailing public management paradigms to address them. Subsequently, students are familiarized in theory and practice with a core function of public managers: setting strategy, getting political support for the strategy, and implementing it through performance targets and staff motivation. Through hands-on exposure to these management functions, students come to appreciate the unique management challenges in the public sector – and approaches to address them – in practice. For instance: how do you set strategy and performance targets without a clear for-profit bottom line as in private businesses? Or how do you motivate staff if you cannot incentivize them through performance bonuses or threats of dismissal? The three-day course is organized into 90-minute lectures in the morning (from 9.30 to 11.00 am) and applied 90-minute seminars in the afternoon. In the interactive lectures, students receive a structured introduction into the topic. In the seminars, students apply the material to a public management case. Between lectures and seminars, students are expected to prepare presentations for the seminar in small groups. Students will be assigned into small groups in the morning sessions. To enable all students to present in the afternoon, the MPA group is split into two seminar groups in the afternoon. Students are expected to read the required readings and seminar cases before the course. Please note that the seminars and prior group work assume - and are based on – knowledge of the readings. Without prior reading, you will not be able to follow the course and benefit from it. With the exception of the Moore (1995) book (which is available in the Sciences Po library), all course readings are contained in the course reading pack.


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