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School of Economics and Political Science
ECONOMICS AND FINANCE
Course unit
MANAGEMENT AND PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT OF PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS
ECO2045288, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
ECONOMICS AND FINANCE - ECONOMIA E FINANZA (Ord. 2014)
EC1935, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track ECONOMICS AND PUBLIC FINANCE [002PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MANAGEMENT AND PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT OF PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS
Department of reference Department of Economics and Management
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA

Lecturers
No lecturer assigned to this course unit

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SECS-P/07 Business Administration 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Syllabus
Prerequisites: The course does not presume specialized background in management or accounting.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowing the main institutional and managerial features of the public organizations.
Identifying elements of the bureoucracy, of the New Public Management and of the New Public Governance models.
Recognizing the specific features of:
- the management control system of public organizations,
- the information systems of public organizations,
- the perfomance measurement models of public organizations.
Examination methods: Final exam is written and is different for:
- attending students
- non-attending students.
Assessment criteria: For attending students the grade is made by:
Case studies and presentations 60%
Final exam 40%

For non-attending students the grade is made only by the final exam.
Course unit contents: The course aims to introduce students to fundamental questions and theoretical approaches in the study of public management and performance measurement in public organizations.
Today the issue of public management is deeply studied both by national and international researchers. The managerial approach to public organizations is “newer” compared to the private management studies, but it is not so “young”, considered that it was raised during the ’80s in many OECD countries as a consequence of a generalized public resources crisis.
By tradition, the widespread approaches to public organizations are those of political science or public and administrative law. Instead this course presents some frameworks used in international management and accounting literature useful in the understanding of how management control in a public organization works, what are its specific features and how performance measures can be defined. Given the high heterogeneity of the public organizations (local and regional governments, national governments, healthcare organizations, schools, universities, public-private providers of local services such as waste management, water distribution, local transport …), during the course we refer mainly to local governments, but we’ll propose also some examples of healthcare and high education.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is designed to encourage active participation, through teamwork, case analysis and classroom interaction.
Students are required not only to understand the arguments, but also to discuss and to critique them when theory and case studies are proposed.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The slides will be uploaded on the course website.
Other materials might be provided or mentioned to students throughout the class.
Case studies and articles will be uploaded to the course website.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)