CAS in Management of Public Organisations

The topic | Objectives | Target audience | Teaching methods

The topic

The management of public organisations has undergone profound transformations over the past 25 years, not simply in order to keep pace with the changes in society but also because of the challenges that the State has had to confront in every domain of public policy. This period was also marked by many questions and doubts about the State and the public administration’s roles, organisation, function and how they are monitored. These questions led to others about the competencies required of public sector managers, their entrepreneurial skills and their managerial methods.

Although the heyday of New Public Management has now passed, replaced by renewed approaches to public sector management, these changes are the expression of a continuous process of reflection, on both theoretical and practical issues, which have been occurring in organisational management for over a century. The course addresses these issues with reference to the very latest international literature. Furthermore, it uses examples of approaches and modernisation projects taken from public sector organisations in order to provide participants with a comprehensive, integrated, diagnostic organisational framework to help them optimise their managerial practices.



  • Understand the foundations of public management, as well as the different levels of governance;
  • Understand the essential dimensions of public management and how they interact;
  • Teach participants how to guide public organisations by optimising the horizontal and vertical alignment of the dimensions analysed;
  • Help participants make use of the course’s essential lessons by applying them to a public sector organisation, in the form of an analysis and recommendations


Target audience

  • Students studying for the MAS in Public Administration (MPA);
  • Executives or future executives in public sector organisations.


Teaching methods

As part of an individual seminar project, participants will complete a diagnostic evaluation of their own organisation’s management. This will be inspired by the Seven-S framework and should result in a series of practical recommendations. Students will present the highlights of their diagnoses during the final two days of the course.


Qualifications and Certificates

Participants who actively and regularly attend the course, and complete the course project, will be awarded a Foundation of Continuing Education certificate of continuing education/Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Public Administration (with a specialisation in CEMAP). This corresponds to 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. Participants who follow the course but decide not to complete the project work will receive a certificate of attendance (but no ECTS credits).


Registration fees

Total course registration fees come to CHF 3,900 (including all documentation), which should be paid on receipt of the invoice, and by the start of the course at the latest.
A discount of 5%, up to a maximum of CHF 500 per course, is available to any IDHEAP alumni—holding an MPA, DAS or CEMAP, an IDHEAP PhD or a Master’s in PMP—who wish to follow a CAS course or a Seminar for Specialist and Executives organised by IDHEAP. This reduction does not apply to participants in the DAS who subsequently wish to follow the MPA course. Any decision to withdraw from the course must be made in writing. If withdrawal from the course is announced between 21 and ten days prior to its commencement, 50% of the registration fee will remain due. If withdrawal from the course is announced less than ten days before its commencement, the entire registration fee is due. The number of places being limited, registrations will be considered on the basis of the date of receipt.


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