Strategic management in the public sector

The course develops the perspectives, the knowledge, and the skills required for developing and implementing organizational strategies, and transformational change in a public sector context. Organizational leaders in the public sector mobilize internal and external resources to meet the needs of citizens regarding the demands of democratic accountability. The content of the course applies to governments and non-profit organizations in their efforts to engage with external stakeholders through collaboration and partnerships.

The course includes the following relevant strategic instruments: developing organisational and environmental scanning; using techniques to identify problems and root causes; formulating and articulating a mission and vision; drafting goals and result oriented objectives that lead strategies; framing strategies; using performance management measures and results to monitor the implementation of strategies; and understanding key elements of organisational cultures and their potential for change. At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of strategic management in a public sector context
  • Propose mission statements that channel the organization activities
  • Use scanning methods in order to identify root causes of problems to be addressed
  • Develop performance measurement systems to monitor the implementation of the strategy
  • Plan the implementation of the strategy

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.