NORDIG5 Leadership in Public Organisations 10 ECTS
Organised by
Nordic MP in Innovative Governance and Public Management
Person in charge
Romulo Pinheiro

General description

Formal and informal leaders play a critical role within organizations, including across the public sector; hospitals, schools, universities, local government, etc. Yet, in contrast to the private sector where leaders can exercise their power (of decision making) in a much more straightforward manner, public sector leaders are constrained by a number of key factors, including but not limited to accountability, legitimacy, multiple constituencies, hybrid structures, conflicting institutional logics, etc. The aim of this course is to offer a comprehensive and systematic analysis of the complexities surrounding leaders and leadership processes in the public sector. Important questions to be addressed include:

? What types of leaders and leadership theories exist?
? What makes leaders and leadership in the public sector distinct?
? How does leadership in the public sector occur in practice?
? How can we (thoroughly) assess and (critically) interpret the short and long-term effects associated with leadership processes at various levels within and across public sector organizations?
? What impact, if any, does context play in public sector leadership?
The course, which is central for all master-level students following the specialization on `organization and leadership┬┐ (organisasjon og ledelse), is organized in three parts. The first part takes stock of the existing theories, concepts and (sub-) disciplinary perspectives on leadership. The focus here is on providing students with a set of conceptual tools to both investigate and interpret leadership processes within (public) organizations. The second part of the course sheds light on the complexities and intricacies associated with decision making processes within public organizations, in addition to providing an account of the interplay between leaders and followers in the light of specific circumstances (e.g. democratic governance, bureaucratic systems, geographic contexts, performance or legitimacy crisis, sect

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Understand the various ways of conceptualizing leaders and leadership processes within (public-sector) organizations
- Analyze leadership processes at various levels
- Comprehend how public sector leadership works in practice
- Interpret the importance of context in public sector leadership
- Critically assess the effects of leadership across the public sector

Further information on prerequisites and recommendations

Basic knowledge of public organizations (their functions and the ways they operate) and their respective environments

Teaching methods

A combination of formal lectures and seminars (delivered by students and external guests).

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Evaluation Course evaluation is carried out as a midterm evaluation in accordance with standard procedure in the quality assurance system, chapter 2.1.1., unless other information is given in the beginning of the semester. Assessment methods and criteria Combination of obligatory semester (group-) essay (40%) and individual home exam (60% - 7 days). Graded marks.

Study materials

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Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Management
2017–2018
Teaching
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Faculty of Management