Strategic Management in the Public Sector 3

Strategic Management in the Public Sector 3

  • Study programme and level:The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle)
  • 2nd year
  • 5 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective course
  • Lectures: 20
  • Seminar: 20
  • Other forms of study: 20
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Primož Pevcin, PhD

1. Objectives and competences


  • uses the most important knowledge and skills needed for successful planning and implementation of strategic change.,
  • discovers and generates the most important platforms for strategic changes/improvements such as the concept of New Public Management and Total Quality Management (TQM),
  • distinguishes and appraises the differences in change management concepts between private and public sector organisations,
  • applies the tools of strategic change management in public organisations.


  • to understand the importance of planning and chnage management in organisational practice,
  • to critically evaluate and implement changes in public organisations as prerequisite to marry theory and practice of advanced strategic management,
  • to place in the context the available managerial tools for strategic change implementation in organisations,
  • to understand the importance and roles of relevant stakeholders in the process of strategic change planning and organisational innovating,
  • to deal with information needed to effectivelly evaluate and implement desired changes in organisation,
  • to format and conduct applied research in problem solving issues in the field of strategic management in public organisations.

2. Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Management and Planning
  • General sources of strategic change in public sector
  • SWOT analyses
  • Theory and practice of Balanced Scorecard application in public organisations
  • New public management
  • Strategic planning and strategic management
  • Specificalities of strategic management in public organisations
  • Strategic planning in public organizations
  • Approaches to Strategic Planning
  • The role of founders and public policies for the strategic change in public organizations

3.  Readings

  •  John Bryson, Strategic Planning for Public and Non-profit organizations, John Wiley & Sons, 2011, (4th edition). Poglavja 1–12 (400 str.)
  • Michael A. Hitt, Strategic Management: Concepts and Cases, South-Western Cengage Lerning, 2012, (10th edition), Poglavja 4-9 (200 str.)

4. Intended learning outcomes

Student will know how to identify the needs for strategic changes in public organisations and to construct and implement research in the field; will also know how to implement those changes in most effective way; is able to competently advance professional and scientific questions in the field of strategic management and change management in public organisations at the end of a period of learning.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures and seminars in class room; individual study and research work of students.
  • Lectures – contemporary topics in theory and practice of strategic management are presented.
  • Seminars – students present topics and results of applied research work.
  • Other – preparation of applied research paper dealing with advanced managerial problem on strategic level in selected public organisation.
  • Individual study for the exam.

6. Assessment

Applied research paper preparation and presentation - 50%
Oral exam - 50%