688 Public Sector Management

688 Public Sector Management

  • Study programme and level: University Study Programme in Administrative Information Science - 1st Cycle
  • 2nd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Lectures: 45
  • Tutorial: 30
  • Other forms of study: 15
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Primož Pevcin, PhD

    1. Objectives and competences


    • uses  basic concepts of management for decision-making process in the public sector,
    • applies fundamental managerial concepts for the efficient and effective process of management,
    • uses decision-making methods for problem solving,
    • relates managerial problems in private and public organisations,
    • demonstrates the significance of management development in public organisations.


    • To understand differences in public, private and non-profit management,
    • To understand the effect of macro and micro elements affecting the operation and management in public sector,
    • To deal with information in order to make decisions and implement changes in organisations,
    • To undestand the concepts of efficiency, effectiveness and quality in public sector organisations.
    • To marry theory and practice of management and change management implementation in public sector.

    2. Content

    • Introduction to public management
    • Management techniques and functions
    • Decision-making process
    • Public, private and non-profit organizations and specifics of public sector management and organization
    • NPM ideology
    • Measuring efficiency and effectiveness in the public sector, performance management
    • Quality assurance and management in public organizations
    • Analysis of the environment of public organizations, institutional isomorphism and hybrid organizations
    • Politics and management of public organizations
    • Strategies and changes in public organizations
    • Management in non-profit (third sector) organizations
    • Marketing in public and non-profit organizations

    3. Readings

    • PEVCIN, P. (2011). Menedžment javnega sektorja. Fakulteta za upravo, 2011.
    • RAINEY, Hal G. (2009). Understanding and Managing Public Organizations. 4th Edition. Jossey Bass. Chapters 1-5, 13-14.
    • WORTH, Michael J. (2009). Nonprofit Management: Principles and Practice. SAGE, London. Chapters 1-9.

    4. Intended learning outcomes

    Student will be able to structure and solve managerial problems in public organisations and will understand and know needed methods for efficient decison-making and change implementation in public organisations at the end of a period of learning.

    5. Learning and teaching methods

    • lecture
    • practical work
    • project work
    • seminar paper
    • (group) presentation
    • case study
    • problem based learning
    • e-learning

    6. Assessment

    • Written exam period (80%)
    • Seminar paper (20%)