Skip to content | Change text size
Handbooks Courses Units

MGX9270 - Public management

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Business and Economics

Leader: Dr Linda McGuire


Caulfield First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Caulfield First semester 2008 (Evening)


Major theoretical foundations underpinning both the traditional model of public sector administration and new public management approaches. Analysis of the difference between the traditional and new approaches within the context of the changing role of government. Students are exposed to the various components of management function both inside and outside the organisation, and how these are changing under new approaches to public management. It looks at the relationships between political action and public sector management, and the critical linkage of accountability. Logical frameworks and concepts are presented to provide a basis for increased personal effectiveness within government.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • identify and explain the theoretical foundations of reform by comparing the traditional model of public administration and public management
  • identify and assess the arguments for and evidence on the effectiveness of different public management approaches
  • identify and assess the practical issues public managers confront in implementing public management reforms
  • identify and explain as the tools, knowledge and skills required by contemporary public managers
  • illustrate and evaluate the changes in public service delivery methods and discuss the implications for the role of public managers.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Contact hours

3-hour class per week

[an error occurred while processing this directive]