20509 - STRATEGIC PUBLIC MANAGEMENT
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 14
- The service-mix a public organization should provide,
- The network of actors the organization should interact with,
- The nature and mode of interaction between the organization and other actors,
- The strategies the organization should purse to effectively achieve its objectives.
At the end of the course students are expected to achieve:
- a good understanding of strategic-management for public sector organizations and international institutions;
- the ability to single out and analyze critical short- and long-term issues that public sector organizations have to face;
- the ability to design recommendations for strategic choices;
- the ability to foster the implementation of such strategies, through leadership skills.
The course is divided in three blocks, and it’s characterized by an increasingly active-learning oriented approach, along a continuum that starts with a conceptual framework and ends with a purely inductive learning approach. The first block is based on face-to-face classes where students are expected to contribute with their own experience and intuition to the class discussion, the second block blends theoretical insights, tools and practice - as students are engaged in working on a real case study for the full length of the module as fil-rouge of the learning process - and the last block is mainly delivered through concrete cases and with the interaction with guest speakers. Throughout the course, students are expected to contribute actively to the learning process.
- Strategic public management: introductory issues:
- The first introductory set of sessions aims at providing a common vocabulary and to understand the different views on of the role of strategic public management across time and space. This block aims at preparing students to interpret and participate to the cultural debate on public administration and its strategic goals. Well-established theories as well as emerging cutting-edge themes are presented and discussed in the form of a set of ‘archetypes’ that will allow students to read and understand the functioning dynamics of public and international organizations.
- The second block comes to terms with what strategy is, how strategy develops within public organizations and international institutions and what management issues have to be considered in terms of strategy implementation. Theoretical foundations of strategy formation are explored as well as the issues related to the tools for strategy formulation in public context: such tools help the organizations to create the rational understanding for envisioning and supporting sustainable policies. Furthermore, the role of public managers and their skills in strategy-making are explored: in order to deal effectively with the challenges that public organizations have to face, public managers have to acquire knowledge and skills in strategic management. Public manager has in fact to be able to grasp the complexity of the realty and employ critically theoretical models and managerial tools.
- Decision-making and strategy implementation:
- The third block focuses on decision-making in public organizations, encompassing both policy-making and management. Differences and interdependencies between policy and strategy are analyzed, as well as issues concerning public corporate governance. Theoretical foundations of corporate governance are presented and illustrated, in practice, through case discussion. Strategy implementation, besides, is often a complex process and suffer from distortions due to the multiple actors and interests involved; a deep understanding of the management’s role as a change enabler is developed.
- Individual and group-assignment to be delivered during the course
- Written final exam
- Attending students will have the possibility to take the final exam either in the January or in the February session.
- Oral final exam. Please check the syllabus on the web-learning and get in contact with the course responsiblle.
- No partial exam.
- Selected chapters from: C. Hood, The art of the state: Culture, rhetoric, and public management, Oxford University Press, 2000.
- Selected chapters from: F. Lega, D. Cristofoli, Strategic Public Management, Egea, Milan, 2009.
- Further readings provided by the faculty