Writing Question

Before becoming a student in the class, how would you have defined public management? Did you have any preconceived biases? Did you have much of an idea what it was? How has your perception of the field changed from taking this class? What key concepts did you learn from taking this class?

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Your total response to this assignment should be 2-4 paragraphs in length. Be careful to cite sources appropriately. You should respond to 2 classmates. Please review the discussion grading rubric for complete grading information.

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This assignment is worth 30 points. Your original post should be at least 500 words and must be submitted by 11:59 PM 2/26, and each response post at least 250 words and both must be submitted by 12:30 PM 2/28. In your responses, you must include connections to the course learning objectives. Refer to the Rubrics section under the Assessments tab for detailed grading expectations. Important Note: You will not be able to read the discussion board until you have posted your original post. No late discussion posts will be accepted.

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Before becoming a student in this class, I would have defined public management much differently. I had always assumed that public management was managing employees and departments in the work force. The work force that I had imagined was private businesses operated by an owner/operator and the staff overseen by them.

My idea of what this class would cover was how to handle staff, how to handle employee conflict, and how to operate an organization effectively. I probably should have read the class description a little better. While I didn’t learn what I thought I would be learning, I learned something so much greater. I had never thought about public management being large government run offices and organizations as well as political affiliates. There was so much more for me to learn about how management teams operate, what their role is, and the involvement of other organizations that influence unrelated organizations for political gain. I had always seen politics playing a role in almost all organizations small and large but now I understand why politics are involved.

Being in the child welfare industry, I have struggled with all of the hierarchies and the red tape that is necessary to get something done. Before this class, I saw it as a hindrance and small-town politics coming into play only causing delays in what really needed to be done. Now that I have taken this class, I see that it is not just in our small town but it is everywhere and yes, it is a hindrance but it helps with oversight to ensure that the right thing gets done. The red tape is there only because everyone wants to have a say in what gets done and political agendas are always going to be a part of it. There is no way to get around the red tape or eliminate it but to push through it knowing that it is a necessary evil for the most part.

I have seen a small positive to the red tape through this class though. I have seen that the more involvement others are in an organization, the more oversight that it has and the more likely it is to be continuously modified to the benefit of those it serves. This continuous oversight is definitely evident in child welfare. Even though it seems as if everyone is there to tell us how to do our jobs yet offer us no real solutions to the problems, there are those outside of our organizations that are forging the way to new policies and laws to protect the most vulnerable among us. It is those organizations who observe what is going wrong and reach out to the political leaders who gain the financial backing to create additional laws and request additional funding by the government to make those changes. With the craziness and business of the child welfare industry, it makes me grateful that there are those out there with the time and financial ability to see where changes need to be made and aren’t afraid to take the time to fight for it.

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