Fall 2019  |  PA 5190 Section 001: Topics in Public and Nonprofit Leadership and Management -- Leading Across Boundaries (32854)

Class Component:
2-3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Extended Regular Session
08/22/2019 - 08/24/2019
Thu, Fri, Sat 09:00AM - 04:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 30
Enrollment Status:
Open (20 of 24 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Selected topics.
Class Notes:
Waitlist will be inactive after 8/2 for 5190:1. Please contact Professor Stone at stone039@umn.edu for permission number. http://classinfo.umn.edu/?stone039+PA5190+Fall2019
Class Description:

"Leading across boundaries" means bringing together diverse groups of people from organizations in multiple sectors to work out sustainable programs to help solve important public problems. The practice of these leaders is integrative; that is, they help organizations integrate people, processes, structures, and resources in semi-permanent ways. They move back and forth across boundaries and build communication channels and linking pathways. For example, a human services professional who wants to transform her county's approach to homelessness will need to understand how to bring together disparate groups - from business owners, to religious congregations, to government agencies, to nonprofits, to grassroots groups involving homeless people - if she is to help her community develop system-wide solutions to homelessness. She will need to understand the ways that boundaries between these groups contribute to the problem and how to reshape these boundaries in ways that foster shared commitment to moving beyond the status quo. She will need to understand the unique contributions that different sectors, organizations, cultures, and communities can make to developing sustainable solutions. She will need to understand how to use her own formal and informal authority as well as draw on the authority of others.

This course is a comprehensive overview and examination of the increasingly mixed public, nonprofit and for-profit arrangements involved in providing public services. In particular, the course examines the management challenges and strategies involved in the development and implementation of these cross-sector initiatives. As such, the course will not only provide students with conceptual frameworks to understand contracting, partnerships and collaborations but will discuss and investigate particular leadership competencies and important characteristics of successful partnership strategies. Therefore, the course provides a mix of tools to help analyze aspects of these multi-organizational arrangements, and opportunities to apply concepts and tools to real cases and the students' own experiences.

The course itself is 2 credits but students may elect to take it for 3 credits which entails doing extra work beyond course requirements. This extra work may vary, depending on the needs of the student, and will be negotiated between the student and Prof. Stone. The extra credit work will need to be completed by the end of fall term, 2019.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Anyone interested in learning about how to work in collaborative governance settings. Those with extensive experience in partnerships as well as those with little or no experience can benefit from the class.
75% Reports/Papers
25% Class Participation
Exam Format:
No exam
Class Format:
40% Lecture and discussion
40% Small Group Activities and experiential exercises
20% Guest Speakers
150-200 pages of reading total for course
6 pages of memo writing for course
2 Paper(s)
Please see note above about the difference between 2 v. 3 credits.
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/stone039_PA5190_Fall2018.docx (Fall 2018)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/stone039_PA5190_Fall2017.docx (Fall 2017)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/stone039_PA5190_Fall2016.docx (Fall 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
10 April 2019

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