Spring 2010 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Digital Transformation of Organizations
Instructor(s): Gary Chapman
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 62440
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.220
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: The LBJ School graduate seminar "Digital Transformation of Organizations" is a look at how public sector and nonprofit organizations are being transformed by the use of digital information technologies, specifically computers and the Internet. There is widespread agreement among experts that public sector organizations and nonprofits are on the threshold of a significant transformation of organizational forms and processes, changes that have already swept the private sector. These changes are made possible by innovative uses of information technologies and also innovations in management and organization. E-government, online fundraising, virtual campaigns and other new features of public life are just the beginning of such changes.

This one-term course will be a mix of lectures, readings, talks by guest speakers, a field trip, and student case studies of relevant organizations. The course will be a graduate seminar, which means that much of the work of the course will be conducted by students outside of class, in preparation for focused discussions during scheduled class sessions.


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