Public Management: Strategies and Organisational Leadership

ladpu2040  2023-2024  Louvain-la-Neuve

Public Management: Strategies and Organisational Leadership
5.00 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
Enhancing organisational performance and leadership capabilities in the public sector with insights from across OECD countries.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Confidently and precisely apply distinctive public sector management techniques and with the public interest at the core and to model leadership approaches that are ethical, inclusive, and contribute to sustainable societies.
As the boundaries between the public and private sectors collide, more active strategic management techniques have become popular in many countries. Yet the expectations of citizens, service users, other stakeholders, and political masters directing the administration and execution of policies and public services can introduce constraints, complexities, and challenges. In this course Belgium’s public management reform trajectory and distinctive political landscape is compared and contrasted against its neighbours and neoliberal Anglophone countries, in order to critically question the future of public service design and delivery. There will be opportunities to debate and deconstruct actual management dilemmas through real cases.
Teaching methods
Interactive classes facilitated by the teacher, with guided discussions as each key concept is introduced and analysed. Case studies will be read and prepared for prior to each class, based on theoretical readings, and each participant will be questioned (loosely) using the Socratic method. Communicating in "perfect" English is not required, as this is an opportunity to improve through practise over the quadrimester.
Evaluation methods
Leading two case study discussions in class, or equivalent "at home" work. This is the minor part of the final grade, comprising 4 points. The final two briefing papers also use the case study method, ensuring that participants can practise throughout the course. This is the major component of the final grade, and is worth 16 points (8 points for each paper). The work is "at home" and therefore can be submitted after the conclusion of the teaching. Communicating in "perfect" English is not required and is not the principal basis of evaluation.
Other information
Prior completion of LPOLS1223 Public Action, or equivalent, is recommended.
Online resources
Information on the website of the course (Moodle)
Electronically provided lecture and reading materials via Moodle.
Teaching materials
  • Electronically provided lecture and reading materials via Moodle.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [60] in Political Sciences: General

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Human Resources Management