30193 - MANAGEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL AND SUPRANATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
To successfully attend this course it is necessary to hold a strong interest towards understanding the functioning and management challenges of modern inter-governmental and supranational organizations. The following knowledge bases would facilitate participants' learning: - Fundamentals of management systems and functions; - Background and history of international organizations - intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations; - Interplay between 'management' and 'international relations' as disciplines to study intergovernmental organizations. Additionally, we invite participants to get informed about the latest news and updates on United Nations system reforms, Agenda 2030 and interactions between corporate and international public organizations through mainstream media.
International organizations, supranational organizations and transnational networks are becoming increasingly important actors to explain stability and change in the global economy. Besides acting as negotiation arenas between Member States, international organizations are complex organizational arrangements whose functioning depends on an efficient application of management systems and tools. The course aims to provide an understanding of the functioning of intergovernmental and supranational organizations (more generally labelled International Organizations, or IOs), their governance and managerial challenges and practices, put in the context of the fast-evolving international aid sector.
The course will be structured as follows:
- Understanding International Organizations and their environment – this block introduces the main families and the essential characteristics of IOs and focuses on the main features of the United Nations system and its organizations. It also provides an overview of the main trends in international aid, the changing role of IOs and their interactions and partnerships with other main players, the efforts to strengthen system-wide coherence and aid effectiveness and the ongoing tension between coordination and competition among IOs;
- Management systems and reforms – this blocks tackles the main challenges of modern IOs in strategically positioning themselves to strengthen their relevance and in managing their resources and their operations on the ground. We will focus on understanding what ‘strategy’ means for multilaterals and on developing hands-on knowledge on how organizations operationalize their vision into concrete plans of actions through the results based management (RBM) approach. We will then analyse the evolution of funding patterns and the implications for managing financial resources, exploring the innovative forms of funding international development. IOs’ main asset is arguably their Human capital and we will analyse the state of practice regarding HR management and talent management. We will then illustrate the challenges of IOs when building and managing a robust and global supply chain, which a pre-conditions to effectively manage their ground operations and efficiently serve beneficiaries. Finally, we will talk about ‘innovation’ in IOs intended as new ways to approach and tackle programmatic issues and we will discuss organizational change as an ongoing need which needs to be properly interpreted and acted by managers of IOs.
- The European Union – This block focuses on the European Union as a Supra-national organization and discusses the institutional, governance and operational features of the main European institutions. The central part of this block tackles the issues of managing strategy and HR in the specific context of the EU institutions and elaborates on the specific managerial practices and challenges faced by them.
By the end of the course students will learn:
- The basics of the theory of international regimes and regional integration as conceptual framework to understand the relevance of, and need for, intergovernmental and supranational organizations.
- The organizational models and policy network analysis upon which to understand the functioning and management of international organizations.
- The institutional setting, policy-making processes, functioning and management practices of the main families of IOs, including the UN system and the European Union.
- Use the fundamental concepts and the language of management to understand how international and supranational organizations work.
- Assess how the institutional and political environment affects the overall sustainability of international and supranational organizations.
- Leverage on the understanding of the interdependence between public, private and non profit actors to strengthen global development effectiveness.
- Face-to-face lectures
- Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
- Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
- Group assignments
- Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)
The learning experience of this course includes, in addition to on-line syncronous lectures, case discussions,real examples and interactions with guest speakers from international organizations.
During the course, students will have the opportunity to apply conceptual frameworks and tools discussed in class to the concrete challenges of an international organization through a groupwork activity.
The best groupwork reports will be selected by instructors to be presented to the whole cohort during the last sessions of the course at the presence of a panel of senior international civil servants from the United Nations and other IOs.
|Continuous assessment||Partial exams||General exam|
Students will be considered as 'attending' if they obtain a minimm of 80% of attendance to the on-line lectures.
Attending students will be assessed as follows:
- Written exam(s) - Two written exams 1st partial (50%) and 2nd partial (50%) or one general exam (100%). The exam is based on a mix of multiple choice related to the contents discussed in class.
- Group project (optional) - the project enables students to add up to 2 points to the final mark resulting from the written exam(s). The output will be a written report.
Students will be requested to firmly commit to undertake the group project by the deadline communicated in class by the instructors. Changes to the group composition will be allowed until 1 month prior the delivery date of the final report.
General written exam (100% of the final grade) based on a mix of multiple choice and open questions related to the full reference list of readings, which aims to assess the student’s learning level of the theoretical models, the understanding of key concepts elaborated in the course readings, and the ability to summarise narrative interpretations from the course readings.
- Class notes.
- Course slides uploaded on the Bboard platform.
- Selected readings made available on the E-Libray online course reserve.
- List of compulsory readings for not attending students made available on the E-Library online course reserve.