POLS 4221 - Government Organization and Administrative Theory


A systematic analysis of theories or organization, management, and administration. Special consideration will be given to institutional, behavioral, and psychological factors.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the intellectual heritage of public administration and public organizations, including writings by the key scholars who helped shape the field.
  2. Demonstrate through written work and course discussions on how theory and practice in public administration form the basis for how organizations function.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of key movements and theories in administrative and organizational theory and behavior.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of key principles in organization theory, including but not limited to leadership, motivation, teamwork, power, change, and development.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the importance of diversity in organizational theory, as well as the necessity of valuing and promoting diversity.
  • Module 1: Organizations and their Environment-(STRUCTURE)
  • Module 2: Organization and their Environment-(ENVIRONMENT)
  • Module 3: Power and Leadership
  • Module 4: Decision-Making and Communication
  • Module 5: Organizational Environments Case Study Analysis Discussion-CASE 1a
  • Module 6: Leadership and Power Case Study Analysis Discussion-CASE 1b
  • Module 7: Decision-Making Case Study-CASE 2a
  • Module 8: Decision-Making Case Study-CASE 2b

Credit Hours

Organizational Leadership


  • POLS 1101

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