Designing, leading and growing organisations

20-22 April 2020 | Executive seminar

This course is about building, running, and growing new public sector and social organisations. Responding to issues of public concern has increasingly necessitated innovative organisational responses. It requires, in other words, public-sector and social entrepreneurship, 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 succeed in this endeavour. The course is organised into three day-long modules:

  • How leaders, especially founders, play a critical role in shaping an organisation's culture,
  • How to think systematically and strategically about designing organisational systems, and,
  • 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 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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