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Study Guides for Level 5 “Social Change And Its Impact On Public Management”

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Key Points and Review Activities are listed for each module:

Module 1

  1. Social changes obviously impact public organizations' management. George Lodge argues that a new ideology is replacing the old on which this nation was founded. Be familiar with the new ideology and its implications for public organizations.
  2. The change curve is a useful tool in analyzing the stages of change in that it can help identify events, individuals, literature types, and organizational types typical of each stage in the change process. This can be helpful in environmental scanning to assess when and what issues the organization ought to address.

Module 3

  1. Understand how the classical principles of organizational design may be becoming obsolete in the face of social changes. Be able to list some of the classical principles of organizational design that may need to be modified and the modern principles that may replace them.
  2. What are the five organizational forms that Peter Drucker identifies? Be able to identify the two classical forms and the three emerging forms. Be able to list the concepts of organizational design identified by Drucker.
  3. Know the five organizational "configurations" identified by Henry Mintzberg and the elements of organizational design that are appropriate for your organization?

Module 4

  1. Be familiar with the major overlays on the formal organizational chart that are a result of organizational dynamics.
  2. The literature suggests that organizations, like people, go through states of growth and development. Be familiar with organizational stages and the management implications of those stages.
  3. What are three of the most important differences between private sector organizations and public sector organizations as identified in the Rainey article?

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