Fall 2011 - 61150 - PA384C - Public Management
|Instructor(s):|| Heinrich, Carolyn
|Day & Time:||Th 9:00 - 12:00 pm|
|Waitlist Information:||For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information|
This course provides substantive instruction in administrative policymaking and implementation. It is usually taken during the first year. Students are introduced to the role and method of administration in meeting policy expectations, resolving issues, responding to new requirements, and evaluating performance. The course covers the following topics: organization structure and bureaucracy, management issues and processes, managerial psychology, managing diversity, leadership, strategic planning, interorganizational relations, administrative law, human resource management, labor relations, personnel administration, performance measurement, program evaluation, information management, and ethics of public service. Each section of the course uses a different aspect of public administration or public management to emphasize these topics. The objectives of the course are achieved by using case studies, simulation exercises, class visitors, and practical exercises which complement the assigned readings and class discussions.
The tangible and at times profound impacts of public management on society make it a recurring subject of headline news stories, in addition to an important subject of study for students of public administration. Public managers are regularly called upon to explain or defend their decisions, actions (or inactions), and the performance and consequences of their organization’s activities. At the same time, it is frequently in retrospect, sometimes years after decisions were made, that we are able to assemble the relevant information and gain adequate perspective to thoroughly assess and understand the chosen actions or approaches and implications of public management activities.