BUSU9PN: Public and Non-Profit Sector Management

Semester:  Spring

Level:  10

Credit Value:  20

Module Coordinator:  Professor William Webster, Management, Work & Organisation Division

Contact Hours:  30 hours

Assessment:  50% coursework; 50% examination

Aims:

The module aims to introduce students to public service and non-profit organisations, with specific reference to organisation, management and service delivery. The module examines the history, structure, function and management of the various institutions and bodies which operate in the public and non-profit sector.  Areas covered include; central government, the civil service, local government, devolved government, quasi government, the NHS and the non-profit sector. The exploration of these key institutions provides the context for the understanding of the distinct features of management in the private and non-profit – as opposed to the private – sector.

This module will complement and build on other core and elective modules on the BA Business Studies degree, whilst providing students with a distinctive module focused on public and non-profit organisations and their management.

Objectives:

  • Provide a comprehensive overview of public service and non-profit organisations.
  • Critically assess the need for public service and non-profit organisations.
  • Examine the historical context and distinct features of public service and non-profit organisations.
  • Understand different managerial contexts and how they shape organisational structure and service provision.
  • Critically evaluate the organisation and management of public service and non-profit organisations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theories underpinning our understanding of the role, function and organisation of public service and non-profit organisations.
  • Critically assess and discuss various forms of e public service and non-profit organisations, including their context, characteristics and their societal impact.
  • Understand contemporary debates about public policy and management.

 

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.

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