Spring 2019  |  PA 5920 Section 001: Skills Workshop -- Stakeholder Analysis Tools (64921)

Class Component:
0.5 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
S-N only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
First Half of Term
Sat 08:00AM - 05:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 35
Enrollment Status:
Open (20 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics on public policy or planning skills. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?munni001+PA5920+Spring2019 http://classinfo.umn.edu/?wust0002+PA5920+Spring2019
Class Description:

In a shared power world, stakeholders -- those who hold a stake in a given issue or initiative -- are important players in the public arena. This class is a one-day, real-world lab with a statewide, nonprofit client with foundation funding and an active capital building challenge. Students will access an online workbook for a case briefing, choose one identified stakeholder, post a completed Stakeholder Analysis form prior to the class, and present findings to the client on the day of class. Valuable tools from Leadership for the Common Good (Crosby, 2005) will be used in small groups to learn effective stakeholder planning methods that meet criteria of a successful decision-making process described in Why Decisions Fail (Nutt, 2002). This is designed as a creative day of "serious play" designed to awaken empathy for diverse stakeholders and accomplish a case analysis for the client using useful tools (Stakeholder Identification; Stakeholder Analysis; Power-Versus-Interest Grid; Stakeholder Role Play; SWOT Analysis; Issue Criteria Grid). The final paper will be a two-page memorandum written for the client.

Learning Objectives:

1) Develop expertise in management of stakeholder relationships:

-- Lecture will introduce research about the role of input in successful decision processes (Paul Nutt, Why Decisions Fail);

-- Lecture will introduce research about stakeholders in public policy formulation (Barbara Crosby and John Bryson, excerpted readings);

-- Build empathy for diverse viewpoints among stakeholders through Stakeholder Role Play of a case study.

2) Develop skills to engage individuals, small groups, and organizations using shared-power planning tools to understand an issue and inform effective decision-making:

-- Lecture will survey the variety of stakeholder planning tools available today;

-- Develop competence using Stakeholder Identification & Analysis;

-- Develop competence using Power v. Interest Grid;

-- Develop competence using Strength/Weakness/Opportunity/Threat (SWOT) Analysis;

-- Develop competence working creatively to find solutions that will be evaluated by small and large group in a Criteria Grid.

3) Develop skills in seeking out diverse stakeholder input and building coalition to accomplish action in the public arena.

-- Students will choose a stakeholder from a list or their own research to research and represent in class during role play exercises;

-- Apply conflict management skills, as needed, to develop coalition and identify possible solutions to the case problem;

-- Learn how planning tools can help make diverse viewpoints visible for the purpose of convening people together.

4) Equip participants with stakeholder tools in a durable form with skills to use them in future class or workplace settings.

50% participation in day-long workshop;
25% stakeholder analysis prior to workshop;
25% two-page memorandum written to the client after the workshop
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/wust0002_munni001_PA5920_Spring2018.docx (Spring 2018)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/munni001_PA5920_Spring2017.docx (Spring 2017)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 November 2018

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