Craig W. Thomas
PB AF 511
Examines broad aspects of organizational life and orients students to key internal and external challenges and opportunities of managing public and nonprofit organizations. Main topics include organizational mission, values, communication, culture, organizational environment and the policy process, legislative-executive relations, interest group advocacy, and media relations.
This course is the first in a year-long sequence of core management courses designed to provide practical insights into patterns and problems in public and nonprofit organizations. This course covers skills for managing the political and policy contexts within which an organization operates. Managerial strategies will be examined through case studies and general readings.
Student learning goals
How to situate yourself within an organization or a policy environment;
Understanding and practicing leadership and management;
Mapping key characteristics such as mission and objectives;
Developing a repertoire of strategies and options for responsible and effective action;
General method of instruction
Class meetings involve large and small group discussions about the assigned cases and readings
Class assignments and grading
Two memo assignments One group progject
Each memo is 25% of the course grade The group project is 25% of the course grade Class participation is 25% of the course grade