PA512 The Environment of Public Organizations

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PA 512 The Environment of PublicOrganizations


F1P 2012 GSD


Olson, David H.


Senior Adjunct Faculty-HSPA


Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Public Administration

Office Location

5828 N. Kensington, Kansas City, Missouri 64119

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 20-October 14, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours



  • Broder, David S., Democracy Derailed, Harcourt Inc. 2000
  • Judd, Dennis and Swanstrom, Todd, City Politics, 8th edition, Pearson Education Inc., 2012
  • Nathanson, Stephen, Should We Concent to be Governed? second edition, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2001
  • Osborne, David and Hutchinson, Peter, The Price of Government, Basic Books, 2004
            Additional references. (purchase not required)
  • Carnevale, David G., Trustworthy Government, San Francisco:  Jossey - Bass, Inc. Publishers 1995
  • Cohen, Steven,  The Effective Public Manager, 3rd edition, San Francisco:  Jossey - Bass Inc., Publishers, 2003

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Course Description:
PA 512 The Environment of Public Organizations: A study of the interrelationships between public organizations and their internal and external environment, including its global dimensions. The environments will also be analyzed as the framework for the demands and supports facing public organizations with special emphasis on ideas of citizen participation, intergovernmental relations and political influence. The mutual relationships between politics and administration will be stressed, including issues of contracting out and privatization.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, videos, web sites and writings.  The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious  learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Class Assessment:
Two analysis papers, midterm examination, one applied research paper with oral presentation and class participation.


The following weights will be assigned to the course requirements:
Attendance and class participation             25%
Analysis papers                                         25%
Midterm exam                                           25%
Applied research paper and presentation    25%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments late.  Papers will be submitted as class begins on the due date.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

August 21
Opening class - orientation and other requirements discussed, textbooks introduced.
Instructor's overview of Trustworthy Government by David Carnevale.
2.     August 28

David Broder - Introduction, A Public Subverted - Chapters 1&2                Stephen Nathanson - Chapters 1,2,&3

3. September  4
David Broder - Chapters 3&4
Stephen Nathanson - Chapters 4&5
Analysis paper #1 due
4. September  11 David Broder - Chapter 5 and "Afterward"
Stephen Nathanson - Chapters 6&7
Midterm exam
5. September 18

Osborne and Hutchinson - Introduction (pages 1-22)  Part one, Getting a Grip on the Problem and Setting the Price of Government - pages 23-61 Judd/Swanstrom - Chapters 1,2&3

6. September 25
Osborne and Hutchinson - Chapters 3,6,7&10
Judd/Swanstrom - Chapters 4,6&8
Analysis paper #2 due
7. October 2
Osborne and Hutchinson Chapters 14&15
Judd/Swanstrom Chapers 13,14,&15
8. October 9 Applied research paper due - oral presentation

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 21-22


Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 26

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

Additional Information:

On completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Understand the concept of environmental inputs
  • Describe the various methods proposed to reform government
  • Understand the initiative process
  • Analyze problems of public organizations and raise meaningful questions
  • Understand the ethical dimensions of public management
  • Define trustworthy leadership
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communications


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