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Course 2022-2023 a.y.

20273 - PUBLIC MANAGEMENT FOR COMPETITIVENESS

Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English



Go to class group/s: 31

CLMG (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - M (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - IM (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - MM (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - AFC (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - CLELI (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - ACME (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - DES-ESS (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - EMIT (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - GIO (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - DSBA (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - PPA (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - FIN (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - CYBER (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07)
Course Director:
MONICA HILDEGARD OTTO

Classes: 31 (I sem.)
Instructors:
Class 31: MONICA HILDEGARD OTTO


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

A country’s prosperity depends on its competitiveness, which is based on the productivity with which it produces goods and services. Firms, clusters and supporting agencies play important efforts in creating value and supporting their economic development as well as that of their regions and country. However, without such things as development of specialized skills, infrastructures, and technology results might not be fully achieved. Governments, through their policies and programs, are responsible for these actions and represent a main stakeholder in the competitiveness arena. This course explores the determinants of competitiveness and successful economic development viewed from a bottom-up, micro-level perspective. In particular it explores the role of government at country and city level to increase attractiveness of location and quality of life for citizens.

CONTENT SUMMARY

The general objective of the course is to give students relevant insights into various aspects of setting up public policies, programs and actions to better understand the actual needs of firms and clusters and to support their initiatives. It also discusses which combination of actions a public agency should provide, with whom and how it should interact and collaborate to achieve its objectives and those of the firms and clusters effectively.

 

The course has been designed both for students interested in corporate strategy and internationalization of firms and clusters and for students interested in public management for competitiveness, innovation and economic development. Its content bridges between theories of traditional corporate strategy and public management concepts to harmonize the language and to stimulate dialogue between public and private stakeholders interested in a common objective: competitiveness. The presentation of real world case studies will further enhance the link between theoretical frames and practical actions.


Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...

Understand and analyse firms’ and clusters’ strategies and actions to support their competitiveness and the complementary role of governments in making it happen.

Define and explain the determinants of public management interventions

Identify solutions and levers that public agencies have developed to play an active and key role in the competitiveness arena, efficiently coordinating public resources and actions with firms’ and clusters’ initiatives.

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...

Design and to organize multi-stakeholder decision making processes.

Critically discuss (both individually and in team) and propose public management solutions or supporting competitiveness.

Develop teamwork and public speaking skills.


Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Group assignments
  • Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)
DETAILS

The course uses lectures and a mix of class discussions, involving also practitioners able to bring to the class concrete public governance examples, case studies, incidents and simulations. The course will take into consideration both theoretical and real-life experiences that might highlight the reasons and conditions for success - even considering situations of failures that could give a clear understanding of what flow of decisions led to the unexpected (and unwanted) result.

Students are requested to read the case study in advance. Discussion questions about each case study in the syllabus will be made available on the course library.  Students will be asked to prepare for the discussion in class.


Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
  •     x
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  •     x
    ATTENDING STUDENTS

    The final grade will be determined by weighting grades for the following components:

    40% Group Project report and presentation

    60% Final written exam concerning a case study (different from the ones discussed in class and available on BB). All the questions (2) will be focused on the topics / contents / methods analyzed and discussed in class.

    The written exam assesses:

    i) the students' understanding of the tools and decision making processes/dynamics public management for enhancing competitiveness;

    ii) students’ ability to apply the analytical tools discussed during the course and to propose management solutions in different situations / cases

    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    100% Final written exam concerning a case study (different from the ones available on BB). All the questions (3 or 4) will be focused on the topics / contents / methods analyzed and discussed in class.

    The written exam assesses:

    i) the students' understanding of the tools and decision making processes/dynamics public management for enhancing competitiveness;

    ii) students’ ability to apply the analytical tools discussed during the course and to propose management solutions in different situations / cases.


    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING STUDENTS
    • Belvedere V., Grando A. (2017), Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain Management, Wiley & Sons. 

    • Case-studies discussed in class and uploaded on the Blackboard platform.

     

    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS
    • Belvedere V., Grando A. (2017), Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain Management, Wiley & Sons. 
    Last change 05/09/2022 18:09