In this section, you will examine leadership, power, and personnel management and recommend strategic management concepts for public agency planning. The process of personnel management in most government agencies is governed by civil service laws – in hiring, promotion and discipline. While the names of the agencies vary, their role is the same. Moreover, many jobs in government are defined statutorily and cannot be manipulated. Others are defined by union agreements.
Demands for work outside the boundaries of those job descriptions cannot be made. Most jobs are defined in the process of the advertisement for the job, but even those must adhere to a very precise structure of responsibility delineation. This makes managing quite a difficult task and unlike most situations in the private and non-profit sectors. This also means that task assignments cannot be quickly changed. This suggests that the idea of administrative power is reduced for those in upper levels of administration, and leadership becomes very personal and not power based.
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Assignment 5. An Agency Analysis
A strategic plan assesses an organization’s performance and an effective way of obtaining this information is by doing a SWOT analysis of the organization. The SWOT examines an organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to evaluate the strategic viability programs and services. Strengths and weaknesses in an organization are internal factors. Opportunities and threats/trends are external factors. Evaluations are often organized in a four-quadrant format so that comparisons and contrasts can be quickly organized and identified.
- How to conduct a SWOT, Mehmet, S., Asil, O., Ozgur, U., Gökhan, T., Ali, T., & Dursun, D. (2012)., Miika, K., Pekka, L., Mikko, K., & Jyrki, K. (2012)., Shafritz, J. M., Russell, E. W., & Borick, C., (2011), Chapters 10 and 11
Spotlight on Skills: Developing a Power Point Presentation
In this activity you will prepare a Power Point Presentation. For help in using this tool, review this PowerPoint Tutorial.
Main Task: Conduct an Agency Analysis
Select a public organization that you are familiar with, perhaps where you work or an agency that you are interested in, or an agency that you have worked for in the past. Presume your current manager has asked for your assistance in conducting a SWOT analysis for presentation at the next all staff meeting.
Develop a PowerPoint Presentation that includes:
• A brief description of the organization,
• A SWOT table with at least four (4) factors in each box (Four Strengths, four Weaknesses, and so forth), and
• At least three (3) recommendations for improving your agency’s operations and for meeting its public service obligations.
Incorporate appropriate animations, transitions, and graphics as well as “speaker notes” for each slide. The speaker notes may be comprised of brief paragraphs or bulleted lists.
Support your presentation with at least three (3) scholarly resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources may be included.
Length: 12-15 slides (with a separate reference slide)
Notes Length: 100-150 words for each slide
Be sure to include citations for quotations and paraphrases with references in APA format and style where appropriate. Save the file as PPT with the correct course code information. Upload the completed assignment in the Activities area of the course.
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