3. Networks and Public Management

This course introduces students to the theory, skills, and processes of managing networks in a public management setting. Public managers in the 21st century must learn to build critical linkages across organizational boundaries while simultaneously managing the internal functions of their agencies. Public policy is often designed and implemented through networks, as structures involving multiple nodes—agencies and organizations—with multiple linkages through which public goods and services are planned, designed, produced, and delivered. At all levels of government and in each sector, managers require a different and more complex approach to management than the traditional notions of hierarchy and "command and control."

by Mike McGuire and Beth Gazley
   Indiana University-Bloomington

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