Fall 2009 Course Description

Public Management

Instructor(s): Angela Evans
Course: P A 384C - Public Management
(previously Public Administration and Management)
Unique Number: 63010
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.360
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Description: This is an exciting time to be in leadership roles in public institutions and to manage the implementation and oversight of critical public policies. The practice and study of public administration are undergoing profound changes, as policies become more complex, their implementation more consequential, and their constituencies more diverse.

Public managers continue to execute their traditional responsibilities of policy formulation, implementation, oversight, and evaluation. But, increasingly, governments are called upon to be catalysts for--rather than actual deliverers, redistributors, or regulators of –goods, services, and opportunities affecting their citizens. As such, the responsibilities of public managers are shifting increasingly to managing more dynamic, integrated, and collaborative organizations.

The purpose of this course is to help equip students with the knowledge of management and leadership concepts essential to performing successfully and responsibly in public organizations. We will explore the nature of public administration; examine organizational structure issues; discuss public sector innovation strategies, and debate decision making mechanisms. We also will examine the human elements of government organizations, including how to ensure the availability of a properly-equipped workforce, how to establish expectations for that workforce, and how to instill within the organization an environment that fosters mutual respect and open communication.

The course is designed to integrate the theories of management and the experiences of those who have managed to help students develop skills and insights necessary to lead and manage public organizations and to use the art of common sense when managing and leading.

The course requires extensive reading to prepare for class and a very high level of participation in class. Student assessment will be based upon short memos, one 15 page paper and team and individual presentations, and class participation. There is no final examination.

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