Diploma in Leadership and Responsible Public Management


Program Description

Title: Diploma in Leadership and Public Management Responsible
Own title: Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset
Director: Dr. Ricardo García Vegas
Credits: 9 ECTS
Price: 970 euros
Modality: online
Duration: 90 hours.
Aimed at: professionals (employees / public servants), of high level with the capacity to lead organizations and lead processes of transformation and change in public institutions and companies, with a political / technical vocation and citizen commitment.
Information and contact: infocursos@fogm.es

Public institutions face important challenges that derive from the complexity and dynamism of current societies. Citizen preferences are increasingly diverse and specialized. Citizens not only claim a greater volume of goods and services; they also demand compliance with quality standards, the adoption of environmental sustainability criteria, the efficient investment of public money and, in many cases, actively participate in decision-making processes.

Presentation and Objectives

Public institutions can not by themselves handle this accumulation of demands. The identification of the best policy alternatives, in contexts of high uncertainty, necessarily involves sharing knowledge and experiences with other public, private and social actors, through the implementation of models that optimize decision making, and facilitate the construction of public agendas in line with citizen preferences.

These are challenges that put to the test the capacity of public institutions to undertake change processes that allow them to adapt to the transformations of the environment; as well as its capacity to orient existing resources towards the achievement of collective objectives. The main lever to strengthen these capacities is to have a highly qualified and motivated human capital, both in public organizations, as well as in civil society organizations or the private sector. Human capital that exercises responsible leadership, with an innovative vision to face the challenges of the environment, with skills to undertake processes of change and transformation of society, in the process of defining or executing the public agenda and in the construction of sustainable organizations and inclusive.

The diploma in leadership and responsible public management is designed with the aim of contributing to the training of high-level professionals, around the issues of government and definition of public policies, so that they participate in the definition of the public agenda, and develop responsible and sustainable management, in organizations and institutions of the public sector and civil society; it is also a space for dialogue and debate between the public and the private.

For this, the following specific objectives have been proposed:

  • Establish a frame of reference on public leadership that provides theoretical and methodological tools to face the challenges of the Administration in the coming decades.
  • Develop analytical, personal and instrumental skills to lead strategic processes of modernization and planning, in highly complex and dynamic organizational contexts.
  • Provide analytical tools to define public problems and assess the interactions that take place between the multiple actors of the social spectrum.
  • Promote the study of successful and failed experiences that contribute to the implementation of innovative initiatives in public organizations.
  • Incorporate basic theoretical and practical elements on ethics and social responsibility, as a basis for sustainability in public management and in the management of civil society organizations.
  • Provide participants with conceptual and methodological tools to obtain assertive skills in the Management of Public Investment Projects.

With the diploma in leadership and responsible public management, students are expected to develop the following general competences:

  • Analyze strategically public problems and define alternatives that respond to reasoning and criteria of effectiveness.
  • Manage public programs and projects, supported by a referential theoretical framework and the application of effective methodological tools.
  • Develop interpersonal skills to guide the efforts of members of organizations to achieve common goals.
  • Communicate ideas and reasoning effectively.
  • Promote the construction of a sustainable Administration in accordance with current national and international standards.
  • Maintain an ethical commitment based on the principles of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity.
  • Learn in an autonomous and personalized way, exploiting the formative advantages offered by the e-learning format.
  • Acquire skills for the development of effective dialogue between the public sector, civil society and the private sector, understanding the motivations of each sector. The diploma is based on a competency-based learning model. The student has a central role in the learning activities and a range of pedagogical tools is available to guarantee the achievement of the proposed objectives.


Introduction module. The environment of the leader.

This introductory module will locate the participants in the analysis of the main challenges that our Public Institutions face today. The different theoretical approaches that can be used when addressing this topic will be studied. And we will analyze which are the main proposals for transformation and institutional reform that are pointed out as paradigms in the coming years. In particular, reference will be made to:

  • The challenges of Public Administration today.
  • Analytical approaches to understand Public Institutions.
  • Analysis of the main characteristics of the Administrative Institutions.
  • Instruments in the hands of the leader to support change processes.

Module 1. Construction of the Public Agenda

This unit focuses on understanding the main factors that influence the formulation of a specific public policy. The course seeks for students to master the basic conceptualization in the analysis of public policy; identify key actors, relevant interests and political processes that are developed in the formulation of public policy; and apply the process approach to the analysis of public policy formulation. The content is:

  • What is a public agenda and how to build it?
  • Techniques for the analysis of actors.
  • Inclusive public policies and the public agenda.
  • The international public agenda and its relation to the public agenda of subnational governments.

Module 2. Public leadership

The module aims to familiarize participants with the concept and scope of strategic management, understood as the institutional capacity to generate public value through management strategies. The complexity of public management is determined by the relationship and interactions between the political system and the administrative system, and both with the political community. For the purposes of public leadership, this means that the management, in public organizations, must apply a set of innovative management techniques and tools that improve performance in the provision of services and the management of public policies and programs. works on institutional legitimacy. This knowledge is focused on.

  • How to exercise public leadership
  • Tools for decision making in the public domain.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Evaluation of public programs and projects.

Module 3. Sustainable management

In this last module the concept of sustainable management is addressed as a modest initial approach to a new paradigm, approaching the concept of sustainability in its complexity. And all this from the perspective that the public administration can and should assume that reality, with the objective that the public powers really satisfy the real needs, expectations, and the performance benchmarks of the citizens they serve. It is carried out from a double perspective:

  • How the Administration should promote sustainability in its different aspects through its public policies.
  • How the political-administrative structures of the States themselves can and should be sustainable.

The content is articulated in this way:

  • Introduction to the concept of sustainability: economic, social and environmental dimensions, and its application to public administration.
  • Indicators of sustainability and their inclusion in a scorecard.
  • Instruments and tools for sustainability: management systems, sustainability reports, etc.
  • Sustainable and competitive management and social responsibility.

Management Mechanisms And Coordination

The graduates have a structure that includes an academic direction, the teachers responsible for each module and the tutor. For the fulfillment of the functions that have been assigned to it, all the programs have the support of the GOBERNA technical team.

The direction of the program corresponds to establish the objectives of the diploma course, and ensure the articulation of the contents of each module with the general and specific competencies that have been raised. The teachers of the modules are specialists in the topics taught throughout the program. Their knowledge and extensive professional trajectory allow them to direct the training activities contemplated in the program and assess the performance of the participants, after the delivery of each module.

Finally, the tutor has been conceived as a figure to accompany the students and support the coordinators of the modules, throughout the program. Its functions are the following:

  • Carry out a personalized monitoring of the performance of the participants, during the delivery of the modules.
  • Ensure that students complete the evaluation activities provided in the academic calendar.
  • Support the coordinators of the modules in administrative tasks and compliance with the deadlines set in the academic calendar.
  • Elevate to the program coordinator the incidents that may arise during the development of academic activities.

Preparation of class material

Class material will be available in the virtual classroom, including presentations made by teachers in class. It is essential that the participants prepare the teaching materials beforehand, individually prepare notes with their evaluations of their content, and actively participate in the debates that are promoted in the virtual forum. The latter is usually evaluated.

Participants are provided with a guide on how to analyze a case study, which can be downloaded in the general information area of the course.

About streaming classes

The streaming classes will start at 4:30 p.m. in Spain and will be extended by one hour, it is possible that changes occur at the time set for reasons of force majeure. In any case, the GOBERNA team will inform in a timely manner of the changes that occur in the initial planning.

The day and time of the sessions will be specified in the teaching guides of each module. For those participants who can not connect at the moment, the sessions will be recorded so that they can see them whenever they wish.

In the final part of the streaming, students will have the possibility to ask directly the teachers of each module, in order to clarify or expand those aspects they consider appropriate.

Evaluation system

The evaluation system of each module is specified in the didactic guides and includes the percentages of qualification of each activity proposed by the teacher, as well as the evaluation criteria. In order to pass the program, it is a requirement to approve the modules and have done all the evaluable activities that have been included in the academic calendar. The closing week is considered a recovery for those participants who, for justified reasons, have had to postpone the development of an activity. However, it is important to keep in mind that group activities do not recover.

A key aspect of the evaluation is the active participation of the students in the discussions of the virtual forums. In this sense, it is advisable that they regularly access the virtual classroom and share their points of view with the rest of the participants and teachers. The coordination of the program and the tutor will give them timely information on each stage of the program, through a weekly message on the bulletin board.

The overall evaluation of the program is carried out through the elaboration of an organizational transformation project by the students. The objective is for students to apply the knowledge acquired in their organizational environments, through the identification of a problem and the subsequent definition of novel solutions for their attention. The projects are expected to have an impact on the professional development of the participants, and be the basis for future documentation of good practices. The program management will make an assessment of the work carried out by the participants and determine if they have achieved the intended objectives.

Last updated Apr 2019

About the School

Fundado en 1986, el Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset (IUIOG) es un centro de posgrado e investigación equivalente, en esencia, a las graduate schools de las universidades norte ... Read More

Fundado en 1986, el Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset (IUIOG) es un centro de posgrado e investigación equivalente, en esencia, a las graduate schools de las universidades norteamericanas. Fue el primer instituto universitario promovido y gestionado en España por una entidad privada, la Fundación José Ortega y Gasset, y adscrito a una universidad pública, la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Read less