1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
Enrolment not permitted
POAD8102 has been successfully completed
Course context
Master of Public Administration; Graduate Diploma in Public Administration; Graduate Diploma in International Development; Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management; Graduate Certificate in International Development; Graduate Certificate in Development Administration; Master of Arts (International Development) by coursework
Topic description
This topic examines current and emerging issues facing non-government organisations and their managers. The topic focuses on a range of non-government organisations (NGO) relationships within organisations; with government; with other organisations and with the wider community.
Educational aims
The aim of this topic is to develop an understanding of the current and emerging issues for non profit organisations and their management, and to consider the application of private and public sector theories and methods of management in non profit organisations. The topic material will consider these areas from the perspective of a range of relationships:
  • relationships within non profit organisations; that is those between management, boards, staff and volunteers, including the areas of strategic, financial and people management
  • relationships with government; raising issues of contracting, control and regulation
  • relationships with other organisations; partnerships, alliances, membership of peak bodies
  • relationships with the wider community; the role of clients/consumers and members, marketing and public relations, linkages with business

Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic, students should:

  1. Have an understanding of the debates surrounding the role of non profit organisations in society
  2. Be able to draw practical conclusions and make recommendations for appropriate action based on a consideration of theory and the particular circumstances of the organisation
  3. Be able to reflect on the relationship between theory and practice in the management of non profit organisations.
There are three parts to the assessment in this topic - a major case study assignment using your own or another organisation as an example, written contributions to a web-based discussion of a case study 'Bread for the World' and a short theory paper based on an aspect relevant to the case study.