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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
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
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