1. Week 1 – Assignment 2: Explain the Concept of Leading People and Changes
The public sector relies on hundreds of thousands of workers across a multidisciplinary platform across the government. This includes working with inter-organizational entities and external entities, which sometimes include nongovernment entities. To maintain efficiency across the public sector, there is often a need for robust changes to optimize operations. Continuing in your role as a new employee within a public sector agency, explain the concept of leadership from the perspective of leading people and leading changes. Present your assignment as a video note. Ensure the following factors are presented in your submission:
Explain how an organization’s leadership approaches change management.
Identify the different approaches to employee engagement and involvement and explain how these approaches improve efficiency.
To create a video note, select the Record video option in the assignment submission area. You will need your webcam to complete this video. Press the New Recording button when you are ready to record your video note and the Stop Recording when finished. Click the Add button to include the video in your assignment submission. Note, the Video Note tool records a maximum of 3 minutes. Plan on splitting your video into multiple segments if need be.
Alternate assignment: If you do not have access to a webcam, prepare a 2 to 3-page paper of a transcript for a mock podcast that addresses the same topics noted above.
2. Week 2 – Assignment: Evaluate Public Management Theories
Evaluating theories is an important aspect of policymaking. Public management often involves policymaking through practical and applied organizational operations. While theory is important in public management, having an applied approach sometimes helps test the validity of specific theories. Therefore, evaluating public management theories is an essential element of leadership in the public sector.
As a manager and policymaker in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, prepare a written assessment of a management theory and illustrate your understanding of this theory by outlining its key components, including purpose, contributions, and effectiveness. Your assignment should include the following:
Define the theory and explain its purpose in public management.
Critique the effectiveness of the theory in daily operations.
Determine potential challenges associated with this theory and provide examples to support your findings.
Support your assignment with at least five scholarly resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including seminal articles, may be included.
Length: 5-7 pages, not including title and reference pages
Your assignment should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.