Organization Theory And Public Management

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Memo 1:
Student name: Hoan Thi La
M number: M00257054
Class: POL674
Organization Theory and Public Management – Jonathan R. Tompkins
Summary of Chapter 1:
In this chapter, Tompkins stated an overview about organization theory and how to learn this theory. To begin with, he explained definition of a complex organization and their role in society. Then, he discussed definition of organization theory and the reason why managers need to learn and understand this theory. The approach which the author used to write this book.
Tompkins continued by definition of organization theory in more specific. He divided the theory into three broad subfields and gives the characteristics of them (3 broad subfields are: organization theory, organization
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Understanding and Managing Public Organization (Fifth Edition) – Hal G. Rainey
Summary of Chapter 1:
The topic of this chapter is “The challenge of effective public organization and management” (Rainey, 2014, p.3). To begin with, Rainey gave an example about situation where shows the primary characteristic of working in public sector. Then, another example illustrates the consequence of bad management. And he claimed that “Government organizations deliver important services and discharge functions that many citizens consider crucial” (Rainey, 2014, p. 4).
Rainey continued by the aim of this chapter – to understand public organization management deeply. He stated that we need to distinguish 2 types of management (public and general) through different subfields. He also told about the debate of this topic in different fields (education, research).
Then, the author provided some points of other author about how and why public management is ineffective and how managers in public sector make it effectively.
Finally, Rainey illustrated a definition and a framework of organization. And he concluded that “Government organizations perform crucial functions. We can improve public management and the performance of public agencies by learning about the literature on organization theory,
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