Academics

Public Management (Executive Format)

Course Number: 
GAFL 733
Instructor: 

Semester: 

  • Fall 2017
Course Format: 
Hybrid (on-campus and online)
On-Campus
On-Campus Day(s): 
Friday
Saturday
On-Campus Time(s): 

This course will meet in-person on Fridays 2-5:30pm and Saturdays from 9:30am-1pm on the following dates: September 8 & 9, October 13 & 14, November 10 & 11, and December 1 & 2.

Online
Online Day(s): 
Monday
Online Time: 
7:45pm-8:45pm
Course Description: 

Overview--Public managers must have technical expertise in planning, staffing, and budgeting; however, technical skills alone are not sufficient to become an effective public manager. You must understand the socio-political context of your organization and your success will be dependent on your ability to analyze policy options and persuade stakeholders and supervisors, through effective communications, to pursue the policy options you recommend. Public managers in the 21st century must also understand the ever increasing diversity of their constituents and stakeholders. Economic globalization and international migration continue to increase the the racial and ethnic diversity of our workforce. Diversity begets complexity and tension. Effective public managers must learn to lead inclusive organizations that leverage diversity and defuse tensions among heterogeneous constituents and stakeholders. Learning objectives The goal for this class is to expand your knowledge about public management, both as a profession and as a field of study. At the end of this course, you will understand key competencies of an effective public manager, demonstrate your understanding through class discussions, weekly reading notes, a group case study analysis and presentation, and a policy memo that analyzes management dilemmas and proposes responses. To accomplish this goal, we will go beyond passive learning from classroom lectures. We will have a few guest speakers whose expertise will complement readings. We expect you to be prepared and to participate in classroom discussions, engage practicing public administrators and accomplished researchers in seminars/workshops, and learn to draft policy briefs and policy memos completing scenario-based assignments. This course will meet in-person on Fridays 2-5:30pm and Saturdays from 9:30am-1pm on the following dates: September 8 & 9, October 13 & 14, November 10 & 11, and December 1 & 2. This course will meet online, weekly on Mondays 7:45 to 8:45pm.

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu