PUBPOL 586 - Performance Management
Fall 2019, Section 002
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Public Policy (PUBPOL)
Department: SPP: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
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Details

Credits:
1.5
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Description

This course is designed to help students understand organizations from several perspectives. One perspective is that of a person who will be working in an organization. A second is that of a policy analyst whose job it is to do analyses that are organizationally sensitive and to propose appropriate solutions to organizational problems. A third is that of a manager responsible for making decisions that affect the well-being of the organization and its members. The course presents theory and opportunities for practice relevant to these perspectives.

Schedule

PUBPOL 586 - Performance Management
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
29796
Open
4
10PUBLIC POL GRAD
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: The main objectives of this course are to enhance your ability to think analytically and write clearly about managerial challenges. This includes improving your ability to recognize and define these challenges, to evaluate common approaches to addressing these challenges, and propose your own solutions to these challenges.
002 (SEM)
 In Person
29797
Open
6
10PUBLIC POL GRAD
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:20PM
Note: This course will examine issues of performance measurement and management in the context of public sector agencies in the United States. It will focus primarily on the federal level of government but will also consider some state and local government issues and make some occasional reference to cases beyond American borders. This module will be divided into two units. First, it will review the evolution of public management in the United States and consider enduring challenges that frequently lead to management failure. Second, it will consider the lessons from recent decades in which performance management has been prioritized across the federal government and many states, becoming a focal point in American governance. We will consider the wide range of reform initiatives attempted in the U.S. under the broad umbrella of the so-called New Public Management, looking at a number of alternative approaches to public management challenges. This will place particular emphasis on the question of whether or not it is feasible to measure the performance of individual agencies and staff and use those measures to improve government performance. Students will have the opportunity to complete a pair of writing projects, including an independent performance assessment of a federal government unit of their choosing, as well as an oral presentation on their key findings from this analysis.
003 (SEM)
 In Person
30821
Open
9
10PUBLIC POL GRAD
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:20AM
Note: The main objectives of this course are to enhance your ability to think analytically and write clearly about managerial challenges. This includes improving your ability to recognize and define these challenges, to evaluate common approaches to addressing these challenges, and propose your own solutions to these challenges.

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