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Subject: PUBLIC MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY (A.A. 2023/2024)

master degree course in ECONOMICS AND LAW FOR THE ORGANIZATIONS' SUSTAINABILITY

Course year 1
CFU 6
Teaching units Unit Unico
Business Studies (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: SECS-P/07 CFU: 6
Teachers: Anna Francesca PATTARO
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Exam type written
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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Teachers

Anna Francesca PATTARO

Overview

The course (6 ECTS) aims at offering some of the qualified knowledge and distinctive competences concerning the Public Sector management (and some hints on accounting & reporting systems) through the lens of Sustainability - Economic, Social and Environmental - concept.
By the end of the course the student should know the main management problems characterizing the actual functioning of Public Sector (and the dynamics of their accounting system).
Students should also be able to apply this “new” understanding to new contexts and problems, and to autonomously evaluate the quality of management, services and results. They should also be able to communicate clearly and correctly their knowledge and opinions.
Students will be evaluated through a written exam: they are also asked to write essays, either individually or in groups.

Admission requirements

The course’s contents require the knowledge of fundamental concepts of the Business Economics applied to the Public Sector, as the discipline which studies the activities and management of Public Sector institutions and firms.
The course attendance assumes the knowledge of the following basics of Business Economics: need, interest, institute, firm, economic activity and economic specialization, operations / financial / capital / insurance and tax management, government, economy, balance, profit or loss o the period, income, capital, operating budget, accounting, income statement and balance sheet.

Course contents

Si segnala la possibilità di integrare e/o modificare parzialmente i pesi e i contenuti dell’insegnamento sulla base di fattori contingenti come il livello di interesse dimostrato dagli studenti rispetto ai temi trattati, o al verificarsi di fatti di cronaca o congiunturali che suggeriscano di dedicare maggiore spazio a determinati argomenti.

Why to study public sector and how it works. The basic framework about public administration and its management. The Sustainability (Economic, Social, and Environmental) issue as a lens
Some Public Management areas of activity: Financial management decisions, Performance Measurement and Management, Public Purchasing and Tendering, Public Employment, and its reforms.
NPM & Managerial Public sector reforms, Change and Innovation in the Public Sector Entities, the role of ICTs.
Public system interactions: Public Service delivery systems, enlarged (local) Public Governance, Public networks, Public initiatives for local competitiveness, Public/Private partnerships, the co-operation with the third sector, CS, Sustainable Development (and SDGs) and all the possible initiatives.

Teaching methods

The course will be delivered in PRESENCE. In any case, as for all the courses of the Department of Communication and Economics, lectures will be recorded and made available on the ONELab departmental platform (http://www.onelab.unimore.it/site/home.html). Attendance at lectures is not compulsory, although strongly recommended. As regards the teaching methods used, a range of teaching tools will be used: traditional lectures, group discussions, individual students' presentations, interviews to field experts, role-playing. Also some public officials / managers or public sector experts will be invited to offer some lectures about their professional experiences. The course is delivered in Italian. However, some of the lessons could be offered in English, if the Department might host foreign scholars for short periods.

Assessment methods

During the course the main instrument used in order to evaluate Learning is the discussion with/between students and the lecturer. The exam consists of a written test: four open questions (7 or 8 points each) to be completed in 1 hour. It's also possible an oral test (around 4 questions) instead of the written one but only after a specific deal with the teacher. Students are encouraged to produce a short essay, in addition to the written (or oral) test, to demonstrate their skills of analysis and synthesis and in addition their capabilities to apply knowledges and competences learned during the course. The topic of the essay and the index must be discussed in advance with the teacher. Students must use the format provided in the essay section on Moodle platform. The essay must be handed by email or in Moodle platform not later than 3 days before the exam's date. With the essay students can obtain from 0 to 2 points in addition to the official exam's note. Therefore, the final note will be disclosed through Esse3 platform not later than 15 days after the exam's date.

Learning outcomes

1. knowledge and understanding of the main concepts and problems of Public Sector management included Sustainability issues at Social, Economic and Environmental level
Presentare le principali problematiche relative alla Sostenibilità Sociale, Economica ed Ambientale ed agli strumenti plurimi (pianificazione e rendicontazione, innumerevoli iniziative di ogni tipo, policies etc) posti in essere dalle IP per potenziarla.
2. capability to apply knowledges acquired and to identify and propose new solutions
3. autonomy of judgement
4. communication abilities
5. capabilities of continuous Learning for the future

Readings

Obbligatori:
1) Cucciniello M., Fattore G., Longo F., Ricciuti E., Turrini A., (a cura di), 2018, Management Pubblico, EGEA: Milano [Tutto tranne cap.10 “Il bilancio delle Istituzioni Pubbliche” da leggere con attenzione]
2) Articoli e materiali in Italiano e in Inglese sulla Sostenibilità messi a disposizione dalla docente su Moodle.
3) Slides del corso [tutte] ed eventuali altri materiali di approfondimento caricati sulla pagina Moodle del corso in base alla progressione della didattica (per lo meno su base settimanale).

Facoltativi:
Raccolta di articoli (sia in italiano che in inglese), report e documenti ufficiali, nonché link a siti web messi a disposizione dal docente sulla piattaforma Moodle del corso (aggiornati ogni due settimane).