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Public Management and Leadership (MSc)

The Public Management and Leadership specialisation addresses public administration from an organisational and managerial perspective and prepares you to succeed as a leader in the public domain.

Why is Public Management and Leadership so relevant?

If government wants to solve societal challenges and improve society, individual public organizations must be able to achieve results. The Public Management and Leadership specialisation focuses on how management and leadership shape the performance of organizations in the public sector. In times of increasing complexity, management is needed to ensure that public organizations operate in an effective, efficient and reliable manner. At the same time, leadership is necessary for public organizations to be adaptive, responsive and innovative.

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Enrico Priora

Alumnus Public Management and Leadership

Enrico Priora

I believe the Public Management and Leadership programme suits both students willing to work as public servants, who will surely discover interesting insights about how functional public institutions help countries flourish, and students willing to work for consulting firms that nowadays need professionals with a strong knowledge of management principles applied to public administrations.

·        What motivated you to choose this programme and specifically this track?

​My choice was motivated by the desire of attending a very demanding programme, aimed to prepare students for a future career within the public sector. More specifically, I believe the Public Management track was the right choice in terms of providing the necessary professional skills that nowadays PA consultants (like myself) need in order to achieve results.

 ·        What sets this programme apart (in terms of programme structure, course content, teaching methods, research quality, academic staff)?

 The right mix between theory and practice, the choice of what subjects I was able to focus on, and finally the teaching methods including classical lectures, workshops and role game plays all added great value to this MPA. The young, yet very experienced academic staff did the rest.

 ·        What relevant knowledge and professional skills did you acquire during this programme?

 I personally learned about different topics, which I did not have a previous knowledge on before and that resulted to be very relevant in my current job. Among them: how to handle change initiatives involving different kind of stakeholders, how to manage teams, motivate and empower junior resources to take on more responsibilities, and how to create a network of professionals among colleagues and clients in order to make projects run smoothly.

 ·        Why would you recommend this programme?

I would recommend this programme because it gives students a solid basis to start building their careers within the public sector. I believe it suits both students willing to work as public servants, who will surely discover interesting insights about how functional public institutions help countries flourish, and students willing to work for consulting firms that nowadays need professionals with a strong knowledge of management principles applied to public administrations.

Nadine Stokkink

Student Public Management

Nadine Stokkink

“The specialisation Public Management and Leadership focuses on the various challenges that public managers face in practice.”

“Various courses teach us to deal with these challenges. The study is closely related to the reality of working in Public Management positions. An example is the course Change Management and Leadership. During that course we learn how leaders manage an organizational change due to for example cutbacks. This is very relevant, since organizations in The Netherlands are constantly undergoing organizational changes due to cutbacks. Our professors are experts in the subjects they discuss: they have done extensive research in their areas of expertise.”

“This master specialization takes place in The Hague. This provides the students with many opportunities. The Hague is the center of Public Administration. All the Dutch ministries are located in The Hague, thus there are ample opportunities for study related internships. For example, I did an internship at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and wrote my Master’s thesis following an internship at the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations. Both are only a five minute walking distance away from the University.”

Dr. Joris van der Voet

Assistant Professor

Dr. Joris van der Voet

'The Public Management and Leadership specialization prepares students for a role as an organizational expert in or around the public sector organizations. Our alumni are uniquely equipped to understand, analyze and solve the strategic challenges that contemporary public sector organizations face.'

The Public Management and Leadership specialisation is a unique program because it combines three components. First, it has a broad perspective on management and leadership that incorporates both external management (collaborating with organizations and citizens across the boundaries of the organization) with internal management (organizational behavior, human resource management and leading organizational change).

Second, the programme emphasizes the particular environment in which public organizations operate. Capricious politicians, bureaucratic rules and ambiguous goals sometimes make the work of public organizations more difficult, but certainly more interesting!

The third component of this specialisation is that students train and develop four so-called Public Leadership Competences: Networking, Envisioning, Motivating and Empowering.  These competences bridge theory to practice, and are integrated in our four specialisation courses.

Our alumni work either in a public organization as a manager, supervisor or management trainee; in public or semi-public organizations, for instance as a strategic advisor to the management team of a municipality or human resource management advisor in a ministry; or as private sector consultants in companies such as Price Waterhouse Coopers and Cap Gemini.

How does It relate to Today's Challenges and the Labour Market Needs?

This specialisation connects state-of-the-art theory and research on management and leadership to contemporary trends in the public sector, such as collaborative networks, co-producing citizens, transformative organizational change and post-bureaucratic forms of organizing such as teamwork. The four specialisation courses of this program are built around the challenges that public organizations face. In today’s labour market, there is a great need for organizational professionals who understand how the performance of public sector organizations can be improved, and how strategic insights can be translated into effective organizational action. These are the professionals that the Public Management and Leadership specialisation aims to educate.

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Why study Public Management & Leadership at Leiden University?

The Public Management and Leadership specialisation at Leiden University is a unique program because it combines three components:

  1. First, it has a broad perspective on management and leadership that incorporates both external management (collaborating with organizations and citizens across the boundaries of the organization) with internal management (organizational behavior, human resource management and leading organizational change).
  2. Second, the programme emphasizes the particular environment in which public organizations operate. Capricious politicians, bureaucratic rules and ambiguous goals sometimes make the work of public organizations more difficult, but certainly more interesting!
  3. The third component of this specialisation is that students train and develop four so-called Public Leadership Competences: Networking, Envisioning, Motivating and Empowering.  These competences bridge theory to practice, and are integrated in our four specialisation courses.

As an added bonus: our international students bring in cases and experiences from around the world, greatly adding to the richness and diversity of our specialisation!

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Public Management & Leadership: The right Master’s Programme for You?

  • Do you want to study public policy and governance from an organisational and managerial perspective?
  • Do you want to improve your leadership competences, such as networking, empowering, motivating and envisioning?
  • Do you want to be prepared for a position as a public manager, and advisory role as a management consultant, or strategic advisor within public organisations?

Then this programme is for you!

Read more about the admission requirements.

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