Objective and Learning Outcomes

The primary objective of this course is to familiarize students with contemporary research on leadership and work motivation in the context of public organizations. By the end of the course, students should be able to undertake empirical work that has the potential to advance knowledge in these areas.

Course Outline 1-3

Lesson 1: Motivation theories in the context of public organizations

Week 1 starts by discussing the central premises of core theoretical perspectives on work motivation (e.g., expectancy theory, equity theory, goal-setting theory, job design, and self-determination theory) in the contect of public organizations.

Lesson 2: Extrinsic, intrinsic, and prosocial motivation

Week 2 extends the discussion of self-determination theory as a comprehensive theoretical framework for investigating the relationships among extrinsic, intrinsic, and prosocial motives that drive human behavior in the contect of public mission-driven professions.

Lesson 3: Public sector leadership theory and research

Week 3 continues by discussing the central premises, controversies, and unanswered questions related to core public sector leadership theories.

Course Outline 4-5

Lesson 4: Empirical strategies

Week 4 focuses on methodologies to conduct advanced empirical work in the areas of public sector motivation and leadership.

Lesson 5: Seminars on research proposals

In week 5, students will have the opportunity to present the progress of their research proposals and get feedback.