Human resource management in public administration and non-profit organisations

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course focuses on personnel management techniques to design in relation to how to govern and develop human resources in a manner aligned with the mission and strategies of public and non-profit organizations. It aims to provide students with the ability to read, analyse and interpret personnel management policies and strategies in relation to personnel management systems and practices in public administrations and non-profit organisations.
More precisely, the aim of the course is to develop knowledge about:
1. The methods of human resources management systems adopted in organisations.
2. Analysis of application specificities in the public sector in personnel management.
3. The analysis of application specificities in non-profit companies/ideal motive in human resource management.
At the end of the course, the student will have a precise knowledge of the logic of human resource management in general and of non-market contexts, even with an ability to read them with reference to different possible roles (manager, consultant, etc..).
Expected learning outcomes
· Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: the student will have the ability to orient the setting up of personnel management systems in a methodologically correct manner and consistent with the rules and purposes of the organization.
· Autonomy of judgement: ability to understand the dynamics of personnel management that have a direct impact (positive or conflictual) on interpersonal relations, analysing the points of view of the different actors in a critical way.
· Communication skills: the student will learn the organizational language and develop communication skills useful for negotiating dynamics in different contexts.
· Learning skills: the student will develop the ability to read the dynamics of managing people in public and non-profit organizations in order to interpret them in a manner consistent with the institutional objectives of specific organizations.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The course, after a first introduction in which the specificities of the public and third sector will be identified, develops an overview of the main practices and methodologies of human resource management, which will be discussed from time to time with reference to the different institutional areas. In particular, the following topics will be developed
· Framework of people management systems in general.
· The specificities of the public sector.
· The specificities of non-profits.
· Human resource management policies and strategies to support the implementation of corporate strategies.
· Development of human resource management areas in specialist functions and management responsibility in human resource management.
· Some practices in talent management, compensation policies, design of reward systems and performance evaluation.
· Career and development systems.
· The models of analysis of the motivational potential and the rewarding system.
· The actions of "involvement" of staff and construction of a corporate identity.
· Testimonials developed by operators in the public and non-profit sectors
Prerequisites for admission
The course is not propaedeutic. The basic knowledge of Business Administration is useful.
Teaching methods
Teaching is provided by means of frontal lessons on different topics. In addition to the lessons, case studies will be developed with testimonies of people working in the public and non-profit sectors.
Teaching Resources
R. Ruffini . R. Giovannetti . Personnel management in public administrations, Ipsoa, 2007.
Materials provided in the classroom by the teacher.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination consists of an oral test based on the topics covered in the course and on a essay produced by students individually or in groups (maximum three people), deepening on the topic of the program chosen by the student himself.
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Ruffini Renato