Executive MPA   Executive training  

Managing non-profit and non-governmental organisations

27-28 November 2023 | Skills training

The increased importance of non-profit organisations – as service providers, vehicles of developmental or humanitarian assistance, policy advocates and social innovators, as well as instruments of government reform and privatisation – has moved this set of institutions closer to the centre of policy agendas. Nonetheless, there is disagreement as to what management model applies to non-profit organisations: Is their management basically a version of business management or public management? Or could it be that a separate approach is needed that takes a fuller account of their distinct characteristics as value-based organisations with multiple stakeholders and complex revenue structures? 

The course will offer a brief introduction of the conceptual background and examine the various theories that have been proposed and soon thereafter focus on organisational governance, performance, management models and business plans. The course is a mixture of lectures, discussions and practical application.

Main learning objectives:

  • Become familiar with the role of non-profit organisations, including philanthropy;
  • Appreciate the differences in the governance and the management of non-profit organisations compared to public agencies and business firms;
  • Learn the fundamentals of strategic management and business planning for non-profit organisations.

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