PAdm 710: Public Sector Organizational Theory and Behavior
3 Credit Hours
- To develop an understanding of public management theories, behavior, processes and problems.
- To gain an understanding of administrative behavior and the impacts of the political environment on public administration.
- To develop analytic skills through experiential learning opportunities including case analyses, simulations, research assignments, short papers, oral presentations, debates, flowcharting, and the use of video media.
- To develop your analytic skills finding, assessing and utilizing materials in journal and Internet sources
- To develop your written and oral communications skills.
- Reviews the scope of the field of public administration, including a survey of key concepts and schools of thought underlying the field, and examines issues shaping the future development of the field.
Major Topics Covered:
- Overview and History of Public Administration in the United States
- Classical Administrative Theory and Organization Structure
- Neoclassical Organization Theory/Hawthorne Studies: Impacts and Critique
- Motivation Theories and Critique
- Groups, Group Processes, and Group Behavior
- Organizational Communication
- Power/Influence and Organizational Politics
- Values, Professionalism and Ethics, New Public Administration/New Public Management
- Analytic Use of Information: Work Processes and Flowcharting
- IT Management Issues
- In Defense of Bureaucracy