CAS in Management of Public Organisations

The topic

The 21st century is characterised by major societal challenges such as climate change, social divisions, and the digital transformation. Although many public organisations have undergone substantial reform over the past 30 years, many are still not sufficiently prepared to tackle these complex challenges. In addition, citizens’ expectations vis-à-vis the public sector are rising, leading to frustration and a loss of trust in institutions if public mangers fail to develop and modernize their organisations. As such, today’s public managers are faced with many difficult questions regarding the role of the state and public administration, organizational strategies and structures, HR, leadership, culture, IT, communication, and their own competencies, skills and managerial methods. In this course, we will reflect on these questions, both from a theoretical and a practical perspective, drawing on the latest international research. Furthermore, we will discuss examples of modernisation initiatives to provide participants with a comprehensive, integrated, and up-to-date management framework to optimise their managerial practices.

  • Understand the foundations of public management, as well as the different levels of governance;
  • Understand the essential dimensions of public management and how they interact;
  • Teach participants how to guide public organisations by optimising the horizontal and vertical alignment of the dimensions analysed;
  • Help participants make use of the course’s essential lessons by applying them to a public sector organisation, in the form of an analysis and recommendations
Target audience
  • Students studying for the MAS in Public Administration (MPA);
  • Executives or future executives in public sector organisations.
Speakers (subject to modifications)
Name Function
Patrick Genoud Genève Lab
Claus Jacobs Professor at the University of Bern
Andreas Kellerhals Former Director of the Swiss Federal Archives
Christian Matt Professor at the University of Bern
Programme (subject to modifications)
Day Date Topics
1 31.03.22 Introduction - History and current trends in public management
2 07.04.22 Public management in context
3 14.04.22 Strategy in the public sector
4 28.04.22 Performance and quality of public services
5 05.05.22 Organization in the public sector and open government
6 12.05.22 Innovation management in public organizations
7 19.05.22 Staff Skills - Public Human Resources
8 02.06.22 Style - public leadership
9 09.06.22 Shared Values - organizational culture
10 16.06.22 Communication in public management
11 23.06.22 Behavioral public administration
12 30.06.22 Presentation of seminar work by students
Teaching methods

As part of an individual seminar project, participants will complete a diagnostic evaluation of their own organisation’s management. This will be inspired by the Seven-S framework and should result in a series of practical recommendations. Students will present the highlights of their diagnoses during the final two days of the course.

Qualifications and Certificates

Participants who actively and regularly attend the course, and complete the course project, will be awarded a Foundation of Continuing Education certificate of continuing education/Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Public Administration (with a specialisation in CEMAP). This corresponds to 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. Participants who follow the course but decide not to complete the project work will receive a certificate of attendance (but no ECTS credits).

Continuing Education regulations

Practical information and Registration

Program management

Prof. Oliver Neumann

Dates, time and place

Every Thursday from March 31 to June 30, 2022 (except April 21 and May 26). From 9.15 a.m. to 4.15 p.m. in the IDHEAP building.

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Registration fees

Total course registration fees come to CHF 3,900 (including all documentation), which should be paid on receipt of the invoice, and by the start of the course at the latest.
A discount of 5%, up to a maximum of CHF 500 per course, is available to any IDHEAP alumni—holding an MPA, DAS or CEMAP, an IDHEAP PhD or a Master’s in PMP—who wish to follow a CAS course or a Seminar for Specialist and Executives organised by IDHEAP. This reduction does not apply to participants in the DAS who subsequently wish to follow the MPA course. Any decision to withdraw from the course must be made in writing. If withdrawal from the course is announced between 21 and ten days prior to its commencement, 50% of the registration fee will remain due. If withdrawal from the course is announced less than ten days before its commencement, the entire registration fee is due. The number of places being limited, registrations will be considered on the basis of the date of receipt.

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