This topic examines collective and individual behaviour within public organizations. It helps students who assume administrative responsibilities avoid the mistakes that others have already made. It prepares students for more advanced course work in management theory, project management, human resource management, and management analysis. This topic helps students diagnose administrative situations and locate appropriate administrative practices that fit each diagnosis (American PUAD 612).
Topic Learning Outcome:
Upon mastering this topic, students will understand contemporary theoretical debates about organizational behaviour and will be aware of key similarities and differences between the behaviour of public sector organizations and large private sector entities. Students will be familiar with the concept of “organizational culture” and will understand how unique cultures shape the ways that specific organizations and the actors within them behave.
Core Concepts associated with this Topic: Unity of Command; Organizational Culture.
American University: PUAD 612 Public Administration in the Policy Process
Administrative Behavior (1947); see his comments on administrative rationality and the psychology of administrative decisions.
Herbert Simon, “The Proverbs of Administration,” (1946); also in
Rutgers University: 26:834:215 Introduction to Public Administration
Holzer, Marc and Richard Schwester. (2011). Chapter Two: Organizational Theory and Management. Public Administration: An Introduction. M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, New York.
Harvard MLD-101B Management, Leadership, and Decision Making
Cramton, C. D., & Hinds, P. J. (2005). Subgroup dynamics in internationally distributed teams: Ethnocentrism or cross-national learning? Research in Organizational Behavior, 26, 231-263.
Sample Assessment Questions:
1.) 1.) What is groupthink? Why is groupthink an important concept for students of public administration and organizational behaviour more generally to understand?
2.) 2.) What is meant by the term organizational culture?
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