Not available in 2016/17
MG402      Half Unit
Public Management: A Strategic Approach

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Roger Levy


This course is available on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MSc in African Development, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Management, MSc in Management and Strategy, MSc in Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation, MSc in Management, Organisations and Governance, MSc in Public Administration and Government (LSE and Peking University), MSc in Public Management and Governance and MSc in Public Policy and Administration. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The course develops the perspectives, knowledge, and intellectual skill required for practitioner engagement in delivering public programs, developing strategy for organizations, and leading a variety of organizational transitions in a public sector context. The principal reference discipline is management, while the teaching case studies involve public sector programs and organizations in many different national settings.


30 hours of lectures in the LT. 3 hours of lectures in the ST.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Indicative reading

M Watkins, The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for Leaders at All Levels (2003), M Moore, Creating Public Value Strategic Management in Government (1995); J Q Wilson, Bureaucracy (1989); M Barzelay & C Campbell, Preparing for the Future: Strategic Planning in the U.S. Air Force (2003); J Bryson, Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (2004); RA Heifetz, & RM Sinder Political Leadership: Managing the Public's Problem Solving, (1988), M Feldman A Performative Perspective on Stability and Change in Organizational Routines (2003).


Exam (70%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (30%, 3000 words) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2015/16: Unavailable

Average class size 2015/16: Unavailable

Controlled access 2015/16: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills