MASTER Strategic Management of People and Organisations SPECIALTY Public Management

Since it was first introduced in 2001, the “Public Management” speciality has aimed to train young managers able to understand issues involving the public sector and respond to management problematics as they arise (whether they are working in public or private organisations). More specifically, the “Public Management” speciality is at the interface of public and private sectors, its field of operation being organisations involved in actions of public interest. The programme therefore seeks to be interdisciplinary, taking the form of a specialisation in a managerial context.
  • Objectives
The “Public Management” speciality aims to:
- DEVELOP EXPERTISE IN PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGEMENT, in other words, help students ACQUIRE the knowledge required to respond to managerial problematics in the public sector, DEVELOP the competences needed in order to manage public service missions, and IMPLEMENT specialised aptitudes in connection with the Civil Service and, more generally, the public environment;

- COVER THE PUBLIC SECTOR AS A WHOLE, with graduates equipped to fill managerial positions in the public sector (State administrations, local authorities, hospitals, etc.) or in semi-public, associative or private bodies working in connection with the public environment, enter the Civil Service, or work under contract or as private sector employees.

Accordingly, there are two main career paths open to the speciality’s graduates: careers in general management of projects, departments or bodies involved in the public sector, and careers in operational management in organisations active in the public sector (note that the latter choice may involve team leadership).
  • Content or list of themes covered and subjects taught
The “Public Management” speciality is structured around 5 Modules (UE/Unités d’Enseignement):
- UE 1: Towards a definition of Public Management (Integration Seminar)
- UE 2: Economic, political and legal landmarks in the public sector
- UE 3: Managerial approaches to public action
- UE 4: Issues involved in Public Management
- UE 5: Approaches to professionalisation and specialisation in Public Management

Beyond this, the “Public Management” speciality is organised around a triangulation of approaches.

- Theory/practice alternance, which is central to the “Public Management” speciality’s organisation, and should lead both to transmission and creation of knowledge, through development of capacities for analysis of and research on Public Management.

- Scientific training (semester 3), a period devoted to acquisition and learning of managerial knowledge, along with knowledge of legal provisions, political economics and management specific to the public sector (UE 2, UE 3 and UE 4); this approach begins with an integration seminar entitled “Towards a definition of Public Management” (UE 1).

- Work placement (semester 4), a period of (individual and collective) professionalisation based on validation of field experience (EC 52 “Placement in Public Management” for a minimum of 6 months, or apprenticeship). Another of the speciality’s paths to professionalisation, “Public Management Projects and Missions” (UE 51) strengthens appropriation of the professionalisation approach, leading to group reflection on a theme-based study set to become the subject of an annual assembly.
  • Admission requirements
- Knowledge of the basic principles of the public sector’s existence and operation (general interest; main institutional actors, financing, etc.).

- Interest in and experience of the public environment (placement, monitoring of new developments, etc.).