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Management and Performance



Public organizations are continuously confronted with demands to be effective, introduce innovative services, increase efficiency, or otherwise improve their performance. The course Management and Performance is directed at the question how the organization and management of public organizations can contribute to optimizing their performance. Many management doctrines, most prominently the ‘New Public Management’, argue that the performance of public organizations can be improved by applying managerial techniques from the private sector. A central focus of this course is therefore on the differences between public and private organizations. This course assesses how different aspects of organization and management, such as change management, human resource management, strategic management, cutback management, and leadership can be applied in public sector organizations. In doing so, this course attempts to connect theoretical and conceptual insights to the real world of public management and performance.

Course objectives

At the end of this course, the student: *Understands the (challenges of) organizational performance of public organizations; *Is able to differentiate between public and private organizations in terms of their theoretical and empirical differences; *Knows the most central managerial doctrines that are applied to improve organizational performance, and is able to evaluate their appropriateness in a public sector context; *Is familiar with different aspects of management, such as change management, human resource management, strategic management, cutback management and leadership; *Has a conceptual understanding of how the abovementioned aspects of management can contribute to the performance of public organizations.



Mode of instruction

The course will be taught through lectures and workgroups. In the workgroups, presentations, assignments and discussions will be used.

Assessment method

Exam (70%) and individual papers (30%).

You can find more information about assessments and the timetable exams on the website.
Details for submitting papers (deadlines) are posted on Blackboard.
On the Public Administration front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website, uSis and Blackboard.

Students will be permitted to resit an examination if they have taken the first sit and earned a mark between 3 and 5.5 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.

Resit written exam
Students that want to take part in a resit for a written exam, are required to register via uSis. Use the activity number that can be found on the ‘timetable exams’.


Blackboard will used and is available at the start of the course.

Reading list

To be announced.


Use both uSis and Blackboard to register for every course.
Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. Some courses and workgroups have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts). In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results. Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course.
Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted here.


Dr. Joris van der Voet
Meetings by appointment