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Governance and Public Management

Key Information

Module code
ISSU2060
Taught during
Session 1
Module leader
Dr Christian Schuster
Pre-requisites
GPA of around 3.3/4.0 (US) or equivalent
Assessment method
Group presentation (25%), 2,500-word memorandum (75%)
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Module overview

Many central and local governments around the world are under stress. Austerity has cut into their budgets, and citizens distrust governments, yet demand an increasing array of services from them. Governments thus need to do more with less, putting a premium on effective management. Yet, public management is uniquely challenging. For example, 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 pay performance bonuses?

This module equips students with the requisite foundational knowledge and skills for effective management in such public sector and non-profit contexts. Blending scholarship with real-world case applications, the module introduces students to key public management techniques and provides them with an understanding of how changing governance contexts shape what works in public management. It is suitable for anyone aspiring to work in or currently working in public or non-profit organizations.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Understand the unique challenges in managing people and organisations in the public sector
  • Apply management techniques to effectively address internal public management challenges, such as staff motivation
  • Apply management techniques to effectively address external public management challenges, such as coordination with other public sector organizations
  • Evaluate how changing governance contexts shape what works in public management
  • Draw on research to formulate evidence-based solutions to public management challenges

Module prerequisites

This is a level two module (equivalent to second year undergraduate). Students are required to have completed at least one year of undergraduate study in a related discipline.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.

Assessment

  • Group presentation (25%)
  • 2.500-word memorandum (75%)

Module leader

Many central and local governments around the world are under stress. Austerity has cut into their budgets, and citizens distrust governments, yet demand an increasing array of services from them. Governments thus need to do more with less, putting a premium on effective management. Yet, public management is uniquely challenging. For example, 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 pay performance bonuses? This course equips students with the requisite foundational knowledge and skills for effective management in such public sector and non-profit contexts. Blending scholarship with real-world case applications, the course introduces students to key public management technique

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