PUAF 711: Public Management and Leadership

he purpose of this course is to help equip students with knowledge of management and leadership concepts essential to performing successfully and responsibly in public organizations. We will begin with discussion on the nature of public administration and move an examination of organizational structure issues, public sector innovation strategies and decision-making mechanisms. We will also examine the “people” side of government organizations as well as management and leadership roles within organizations. Many case studies are examined in depth to provide real life context for the course content.

The course is designed to go beyond a conceptual framework of public management and leadership by helping students develop the knowledge, insights and skills necessary to manage and to lead public organizations.

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