Public Sector Management

663 Public Sector Management

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Public sector governance 1st Cycle
  • 1st 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%)