1. Understand and explain key differences and similarities in the management of public, private and not-for profit organisations.

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Introduction from the Module Leader

The module addresses the need for students to consider management issues and concerns in a wide variety of organisations, including public, not-for profit and third sector. It specifically concerns the increasingly important part played in the global economy by partnerships and collaborations between public, private and third sector bodies, and considers the managerial skills and competencies needed to manage and network with and across sectors and organisations. The module will also address the need for students to be aware of the differing organisational contexts in which management is practised

Increasingly managers find themselves working in positions which do not strictly fall within the old definitions of ‘public sector’ or ‘private sector’. A growing number of projects and much economic activity take place by way of interaction or synergy between governmental, voluntary and business organisations. Alongside ‘traditional’ public and private sectors there is a spectrum of organisations and activities; for example, an increasingly important area of global economic activity is social enterprise. All of this presents opportunities and threats to managers whatever organisational setting they work in, and will require a new set of skills.

 

Module Aim

To develop students’ understanding of the nature of managing in organisations other than private businesses, and the skills and knowledge necessary to manage in collaborations and partnerships.

Module Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module you will be expected to:

1. Understand and explain key differences and similarities in the management of public, private and not-for profit organisations.

2. Understand and evaluate the reasons for a range of collaborations between organisations in differing sectors of the economy, including partnerships, commissioning, ‘arms length‘ companies, internal trading operations and social enterprises.

3. Understand and evaluate the distinctive nature of and issues raised by managing public and not-for profit organisations.

4. Independently research an example of public or voluntary management or collaboration, using a range of sources including appropriate e-tools to locate, access, evaluate, utilise and cite diverse information sources and practically apply them, using theories, models and concepts s from the module

 

Module Learning Activities

Students will be introduced to areas of the syllabus in lectures. This, along with weekly prescribed reading from core texts and from key sources posted on MyBeckett, will deliver the basic information required and also introduce some major debates and controversies concerning each topic.

These debates will be considered in more depth in seminars to develop understanding of them and to draw out the managerial implications. Material relating to each week will be posted on MyBeckett- including both written and video sources. Students will be expected to have done the set reading and prepared to discuss the material in each seminar. The material will prepare students for the summative assignment, and introduce students to a range of potential sources for independent study and in particular the second assignment, including digital sources

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