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PMPA 809: Management in the Public Sector 

DescriptionMoving from having a policy idea and then actually bringing it to fruition poses of the greatest challenges for us working in and thinking about the public sector. Many good ideas and intentions founder when they meet reality. Many fast and easy solutions ignore the complexity of the public realm. What does it take to manage successfully in the public sector? If we can answer even part of that question for you, the course will have achieved its over-riding goal.

Here is how the course has been designed to meet that ambition:

  • To situate public management in the context of policy-making, democratic values and democratic institutions.
  • To equip students with a way of thinking about management that we will call a framework for assessing how to deliver public goods within a public sector values.
  • To understand the implications of managing through various delivery instruments, sustaining the public sector values inherent and assessing the optimal instrument choice.
  • To explore and understand key public sector management challenges such as accountability, managing with partners in an increasingly complex array of organizational service delivery systems and the changing landscape of management technique.

Faculty: Andrew Graham (2013-14) 

Source: Syllabus on this page downloaded from Andrew Graham's web site at (accessed 10 January 2014)


Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Policy and Management Subject



Commentary by the Atlas editors: The class titles provide a number of candidates for teaching topics to be developed:

  • From Command and Control to Organizational Resilience
  • The Public in Public Management
  • What Managers Really Do
  • Having the Right People to Deliver

Page created by: Ian Clark, 10 January 2014. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.



PMPA 809 2013-14 Outline, from Andrew Graham website.pdfPMPA 809 2013-14 Outline, from Andrew Graham website

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