Public Management

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide the necessary tools to understand the economic and business dimension of public administrations, which plays a central role in the governance and management of companies and public administrations. The administration activities of public organizations will be analyzed, focusing on the issues of management, organization and detection. The elements that characterize the functioning of public institutions and the most relevant managerial tools (budget, planning and control system, operating mechanisms) will be examined in depth. The reform interventions that affect the Italian public administration since the 90s will be examined, with particular attention to the specific reality of the different public administrations. The economic and business dimension of specific types of administrations will also be illustrated by in-depth analyzes and testimonials.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will be able to understand the evolution of the economic-business dimension of public administrations and to learn the main operations of public accounting detection (in particular: public budget drawn up in financial accounting and introduction to economic-financial accounting), the organizational structures and the primary operating systems in public companies and the operating methods of the main types of public companies. The student will also be able to analyze, interpret and solve the various management problems of public companies, identifying constraints and opportunities to ensure continuity and business functionality, also in connection with non-business aspects (institutional and political dimension) of public institutions; furthermore, the student will be able to grasp the business dynamics through the logical categories of the business economy, reguarding the operations of management, detection and organization.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First trimester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021 / 22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation
Course syllabus
The course has the aim providing the fundamental tools to understand the running of public administrations from the point of view of public management with reference to the need for public institutions to pursue their aims even when resources are barely sufficient to meet their needs.
Objectives in terms of knowledge and understanding:
- knowledge of the evolution of public administration in reference to management issues;
- knowledge of the main accounting operations (public accounting; financial accounting; introduction to balance-sheet and profit and loss account);
- knowledge of organisational structures and basic operating systems in public administrations;
- knowledge of operating patterns of the main types of public administrations.
Objectives in terms of applied knowledge and knowledge and understanding:
- ability to analyse, interpret and solve the different managerial issues typical of public administrations, pinpointing bonds and opportunities in order to assure management continuity and functionality also with respect to institutional and political dimensions of public organisations.
Prerequisites for admission
A background knowledge of business administration and accounting.
Teaching methods
In addition to frontal lessons in order to make the notions examined in the course understandable and immediately verifiable, the operation of specific types of public institutions will be examined from the perspective of business economics. To this end, the lessons will include:
- case studies and examples;
- firsthand experiences of operators involved in the management of companies and public administrations;
- analysis of original documents (e.g. financial statements)
Teaching Resources
Ruffini R. (2010) Fondamenti di economia delle aziende e amministrazioni pubbliche. Milano : Franco Angeli.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam can only be attempted as an attending student in the first examination session (December and January). The oral test will focus on the subjects dealt with in class and will be preceded by a preliminary written test aimed at ascertaining the minimum achievement of the knowledge and understanding objectives, in particular in relation to financial statements.
The oral test, in particular, will aim to:
- ascertain the achievement of the objectives in terms of knowledge and understanding;
- ascertain the ability to apply knowledge and understanding skills to discuss specific cases regarding companies and public administrations;
- verify the student's autonomy of judgment also through the analysis of business cases discussed during the course;
- ascertain the mastery of the specific terminology concerning the economic functioning of companies and the ability to present arguments in a clear and orderly manner.

For non attending students the exam consists in a written test as follows:
- up to three (open) questions will be administered to ascertain the achievement of the objectives in terms of knowledge and understanding;
- one or more questions will evaluate applied knowledge and comprehension skills (e.g. reading a financial statement or analysing a management situation); this question also allows students to verify their ability to make autonomous judgements.
The exam also aims to understand written communication skills, especially in relation to the use of specific terminology related to the functions of companies and public administrations.
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Turri Matteo