Designing, leading and growing organisations

8-10 October 2020 | Executive seminar

This course is about building and managing different types of organisations dealing with public issues, such as public sector organisations, social enterprises or non-governmental organisations. Responding to issues of public concern has increasingly necessitated innovative organisational responses. It often requires collaborations between the public and private sectors, which encompasses establishing brand new organisations, creating sub-organisations affiliated with an existing one or even creating small-scale work teams within a broader established organisational context. This course provides students with a number of critical concepts and competencies to help them understand these organisational innovations and succeed in managing them.

The course is organised into three day-long modules: 1. How leaders, especially founders, play a critical role in shaping an organisation's culture, 2. How to think systematically and strategically about designing organisational systems, and 3. How to manage the transition of an organisation from its often chaotic early phases toward being ready to take on challenges in the long term. The primary course material consists of a series of case studies illustrating the successes and shortcomings of leaders who have undertaken these steps in other contexts. We will also examine supplementary readings and have some course lectures. Additionally, we will hear from guests who have founded and grown social and public sector organisations to maturity.

This seminar is offered in the open enrolment programme and as part of the Executive MPA programme.

It can also be completed as part of the

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