Strategic Management in the Public Sector
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This unit focuses on the practical application of strategic management concepts, theories and analytical techniques in the public sector. Public value, public accountability and public policy processes are fundamental differences that have practical implications for strategic management. Learning is structured around cases. The emphasis is on understanding the nature and complexity of strategy problems, the role of strategic analysis and the application of frameworks and techniques to identify issues and evaluate options.
Mandatory conditional prerequisites
You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following unit(s) to study prior to this unit:
Please note that your enrolment in this unit is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite unit(s). If you study the prerequisite unit(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this unit, your result for the prerequisite unit(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite unit(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this unit. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite unit(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this unit to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite unit(s).
If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.
At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
- identify and analyse the factors that influence strategy in public sector contexts
- select and apply appropriate frameworks and analytical techniques for strategic analysis in public sector contexts
- research and evaluate evidence for strategic analysis in public sector contexts
- evaluate strategic issues in a case and design appropriate recommendations for action.
This unit addresses the following topics.
|2||Learning from cases|
|3||Strategic management concepts and analysis|
|4||Public sector contexts|
|5||Public mandate and value|
|9||Strategic advantage from competition and choice|
|10||Strategic advantage from partnerships and networks|
|11||Strategic processes: aligning structure and systems|
|12||Strategic processes: cultural change|
This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:
- Chat rooms
- Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Standard Media
- Web links
Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the Unibooks website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.
This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:
This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:
- Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
- In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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