Discussion Activities


Please choose one (1) of the discussion topics listed below and respond to that topic thread (set up by the instructor). This ‘initial’ post to the weekly discussion topics is due by the end of Friday, 6/4. Each initial post should include a minimum of two full paragraphs of discussion including citations in APA format and examples to illustrate your points. In addition, make sure you include citations in APA format to support your points in your follow-up/response posts (minimum of 2 and participate in both topic threads) to classmates/instructor posts due by the end of Sunday, 6/6.
Note: Review the ‘Discussion Grading Rubric’ from the left-hand course menu for additional details on discussion expectations before posting.
1. What is your description of this theory?
Choose from one of the following theories discussed in Chapter 2 and provide your own summary. What are key principles of this theory? Why do you believe it is important to the study of public organizations? (Choose from one of the following: Systems Theory; Max Weber and bureaucracy; Frederick Taylor and Scientific Management Theory; Principles of Administrative Management; Herbert Simon and Bounded Rationality; Chester Barnard and the Functions of the Executive).

2. What makes public organizations distinct? 
We learned in Chapter 3 about some ways of evaluating the differences and similarities between public and private organizations. What are two distinctions that you see as important? Why? In what ways might these distinctions affect your assessment of an organization’s performance?
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