Fall 2020  |  PA 5011 Section 001: Management of Organizations (20636)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Partially Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Public Policy major and minor or Human Rights major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
Tue 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Science Teaching Student Svcs 330
09/15/2020 - 12/16/2020
Tue 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
09/10/2020 - 09/24/2020
Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Science Teaching Student Svcs 330
10/22/2020 - 12/16/2020
Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
10/01/2020 - 10/15/2020
Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-102
Enrollment Status:
Open (27 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Challenges facing higher-level managers in public and nonprofit organizations in mixed economy and democratic republic. Distinctive features of public and nonprofit management, skills necessary for effective management, manager's role as creator of public value. Lectures, case discussions.
Class Notes:
Class will meet face-to-face on Tues, Sept 8 and Thur, Sept 10, Sept 17 and 24, and October 1, 8, and 15. The rest of the class sessions will either be asynchronous or synchronous (REMOTE during scheduled class session). Class will include asynchronous recorded lectures and virtual reading forums/threads. Instructor will notify students once the schedule has been finalized. http://classinfo.umn.edu/?sandf002+PA5011+Fall2020
Class Description:
Managers and leaders today are constantly confronted with new challenges brought about by the global economy, pressures to improve performance, and demands to do more with less. Organizations are downsizing, merging, forming alliances, and experiencing unstable revenue flows. How are managers and leaders to make sense of all of these changes? How are they to make choices among the `quick fixes' promised by popular management books and high paid consultants? How are they to act effectively? This course is designed to provide students a foundation of knowledge about public and nonprofit organizations so they can better grapple with these questions. This course focuses on the management and leadership of public and nonprofit organizations. Through active participation, you will become acquainted with the basic concepts, competencies and skills needed to manage and lead organizations involved in making and carrying out public policy. The course moves through the various levels of organizational life. We begin with your own skills and consider how to use those skills to work effectively in groups. We then consider the elements of organizations and the character of the larger environment which shapes what happens within them. Throughout, you will come to see that organizations operate as systems within particular contexts that provide opportunities for and constrain effectiveness. This is a survey course, serving as a gateway into other classes offered in the Public and Nonprofit Leadership concentration at the Humphrey Institute. Specific learning objectives: - Grapple with the potential and limitations of public/ nonprofit management and leadership given the complexities of democracy and struggle for legitimate public action in the early 21st century; - Improve public and nonprofit organizational effectiveness through analysis using multiple perspectives; - Explore policy tools and organizational partnerships necessary for policy implementation; - Enhance management and leadership skills including memo writing, team work, oral communication (including professional presentations), stakeholder analysis, and policy field analysis.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
7 October 2010

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