Management of the international public sector is a growing challenge of the 21st century. International organizations are increasingly charged with taking a major role in solving global problems. Management of international organizations, however, is qualitatively different from managing national institutions or private sector corporations. In this course, Professor Mathiason presents results-based management as the core tool you'll use to do this work.

This course will provide you with an overview of how to define and address complex international problems. This information will help you be more effective working within this complex, historic, and ever-changing industry. You'll practice planning for results-based management (RBM), a management method that focuses on obtaining results that are outside the control of a program or project but which can be achieved through the production of outputs. Accomplishing this requires careful planning, and you'll focus throughout the course experience on how this can be done.

As the world changes and more issues must be handled at the international level, there will need to be more agreements and more international systems to address specific problems. Agreements, especially those that involve consensus, are difficult to achieve even in the best of circumstances. Fortunately, there is a lot we have learned from history and through research about effectively negotiating an agreement.

In this course, you'll explore what is needed for successful agreement negotiation and how you can participate in creating the required consensus. In addition, you'll think about how can you make sure states do what they say they'll do. Before you close the books on the planning stage, you'll consider a strategy for the enforcement and evaluation of the agreements you're creating.

Managing natural and political emergencies is one of the most important areas for international public management. International organizations have to collaborate with governments to anticipate and pre-plan for all types of emergencies. They have to coordinate services and support from donors and member nations in order to mobilize financial and human resources.

Similarly, the international public sector aids the transfer of funds and technology from one country to another. This international development assistance is an important function that must be managed effectively. In this course, you will assess how country-level development assistance can be effective. You'll determine effective ways to provide international investment for development and explore how to collaborate with governments to anticipate and pre-plan for international emergencies. You'll look at how to coordinate services and support in an emergency as well as how to mobilize financial and human resources. You will also examine how to anticipate and address recovery needs in planning for relief.

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