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Structure and Management of Public Organisations


Admission requirements

The course is open to Research Master students only.


This course studies the specificities of public organizations and public management. It deals with how the political context and the multiplicity of organizational goals affect the structuring and management of public organizations. The course focuses on the analysis of organizational behavior and public leadership in a context of multilevel governance and builds on theories and empirical work from both public administration and organization science.

In weekly seminars core themes within the fields of organization theory and public management are discussed based on classic readings and state-of-the-art research articles. Core themes are, among others, bureaucracy and democracy, network management, representative bureaucracy and diversity, and public leadership.

Course objectives

  1. Advanced knowledge and understanding of important issues, fields of research, theories, and approaches in the fields of public management and organization theory;

  2. Advanced knowledge and understanding of ‘the state of the art’ theory and developments in research on public organizations and their designs, workings and implications;

  3. Ability to analyze public organizations and management using provided theoretical concepts and analytical tools;

  4. Ability to judge scientific research in the fields of organization theory and public management;

  5. Ability to contribute to the scientific discourse in the fields of organization theory and public management.


On the right side of the programme front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website, timetables, uSis and Blackboard.

Mode of instruction

Seminar sessions with in-depth discussion of assigned literature.

Course Load

140 hours:
Literature study: about 96 hours
Seminar sessions: 14 hours (2 hours per week x 7 weeks)
Assignment writing: about 30 hours

Assessment method

Written assignments: 3 x 30%
Participation: 10%


The Blackboard page will be operational at the latest two weeks before the start of the course.

Reading list

The study material consists of various academic articles assigned for each session.


See Preliminary Info.