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Unit 6 Organizational Structure And Design
Organizational structural design involves the managerial structure of the organization and how work is grouped or organized (Rainey, 2003). The unique environment posed by public agencies includes government oversight but frequently does not include financial performance indicators regarding earnings. Controlling spending and remaining in budget are realistic financial measures.
Leveraging information technology to increase efficiency as well as improve customer service and customer satisfaction is an additional challenge to the public administrator.
Rainey, H. G. (2003). Understanding and managing public organizations. Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass.
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
- Analyze the organizational structure of a public agency.
- Analyze the challenges and opportunities for applying Web-based technologies.
- LEARNING ACTIVITIES
[u06s1] Unit 6 Study 1
Organizational Structure Flashcards
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Read Chapter 8, "Organizational Structure, Design, Technology, and Information Technology" pages 208–256 in the Rainey text.
Read the McGuigan article, "Information technology and electronic government: Benefits and challenges to public administration."
Global Society, Absolutism, and Relativism
Discussion question 1
Being part of a global society means that we as public administrators may interact with our counterparts around the world, multicultural and diverse populations at home, and people of different perspectives and beliefs in our workplaces. Using the text and at least three peer-reviewed sources, debate the following question: Are there absolute ethical beliefs that cross all societal boundaries, or is ethics relative? Argue and support your position, and then argue and support the opposite viewpoint. Remember to cite all sources used in your analysis.
Discussion is due on May 20, 2015 @ 3:00pm
Discussion question 2
Freedom of the Press
There is a long-held journalistic tradition that the press reports the facts of a situation and these facts lead us to the truth. Some argue, however, that in their rush to articulate the truth, the press has let the facts recede too far into the background. The problem has become not so much the reporting of facts, but the question of how reporters determine the truth. From Watergate through numerous government failures and public figure scandals, the media has played an ever-increasing role in the activities and influences of the public sector.
For this discussion:
1. Identify an example of freedom of the press in relation to a government entity or a public sector figure.
2. Analyze any issues of censorship, cover-up, or pressure tactics that may have come into play.
3. Describe the ethical implications of the media and its positive or negative influence in this case.
4. Comment on issues of integrity for the government entity or public sector figure.
5. Define corrective measures that would address any ethical issues that you have identified.