One of the logical results of the adoption of the New Public Management paradigm in the public sector has been the (further) diffusion of performance measuring and performance management in the Western World. The goal of performance management is to come to a greater level of efficiency and effectiveness in the public sector by both measuring and evaluating the outputs and outcomes of processes. The result should be to be better able to “rate” public sector organizations by having a transparent system to measure results.
However, performance management is not without its flaws either. De Bruijn (2007) points out a number of perverse effects that are the result of negative incentives caused by performance indicators and by putting the wrong focus on what can be considered a “success”. Moreover, by concentrating on some elements that are directly measured by performance measurement systems, other values engrained in the public sector are sometimes overlooked.
At the end of the course, students:
Know the origin of performance management and its current components
Know the theory behind performance management and can describe practical examples of it in the public sector
Can elaborate on the value and the pitfalls of using performance management in the public sector
Are able to analyse a performance management system in use within an organization
Methods of instruction
This course consist of lectures and a presentation. 4 sessions will be dedicated to lectures and discussion, 2 sessions will consist of presentations by students, and one session remains open for final questions and remarks regarding the paper that has to be written.
- total study load 140 – contact hours: 21 – self-study hours: 119
Method of assessment
Presentation of draft final paper during course: 25%
Final paper: 75%
Compensation is possible
Resit: new version of the final paper
Yes, one week in advance
Other course materials/literature
de Bruijn, H. (2007), Managing Performance in the Public Sector, Routledge: London (EAN 9780415403207)
Additional articles made available on Blackboard
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For exams, registration is possible from four weeks up to ten days before the date of the examination.
Dr. Joery Matthys
Phone numbers: +31-(0)71-527-6688 or +31-(0)70-800-9395