LEADERSHIP AND DECISION-MAKING SKILLS
2018/2019, Semester 1
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Lee Kuan Yew School Of Public Policy)
Modular Credits: 4
This module is intended to examine the leadership and decision-making skills relevant to public policy formulation and implementation. It will be structured into 3 segments, namely: (a) the role and nature of leadership to public policy success; (b) the range of decision-making tools used in environmental analysis and the identification of the strategic objectives and policies, and (c) the role of behavioural economic insights and cognitive biases that public sector managers have to take into account in the choice and implementation of public policies. The approach will be multi-disciplinary, and Singapore’s experience will be used to illustrate the application of general analytical tools and approaches to public policy.
PP5178 Leadership and decision-making skills
2018/189 Semester 1
Lam Chuan Leong
Class Time Thursday 2pm to 5pm
This module is intended to examine the leadership and decision-making skills relevant to public policy formulation and implementation.
It will be structured into 3 segments, namely,
(a) the role and nature of leadership to public policy success;
(b) the range of decision-making tools used in environmental analysis and the identification of the strategic objectives and policies, and
(c) the role of behavioural economic insights and cognitive biases that public sector managers have to take into account in the choice and implementation of public policies.
The approach will be multi-disciplinary with the principles drawn by management theories, economics, systems analysis, behavioral economics, etc. However students are not required to have prior background in these subjects. The pedagogy will be based as far as possible on international and Singapore case studies and class discussions. We will see how the context shapes the type of successful leadership and how leaders have to respond to the context and learn to be effective in a particular context. We will also examine the challenges that complexity, social media and technology are presenting to leaders. Finally, we will examine how leaders can improve their perception of the world and how to manage public perception and appraisal of their leadership achievements.
Upon completion of the module, the student will be able to:
(a) Have a good overall view of different types of
leadership approaches and their effectiveness in public policy achievements.
(b) how to assess and improve their own leadership skills.
(c) knowledge of the specific tools such as decision trees, scenario planning, present value theory, and risk management that are commonly used in the public sector.
(BUT NOT COMPULSORY)
Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew - First Third World to First
Lee Kuan Yew, 1999, , Prentice Hall
Men in White: The Untold Story of Singapore's Ruling Political Party
Leong Weng Kam
3. Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going
Han Fook Kwang
Chua Mui Hoong
Inside the Nudge Unit: How small changes can make a big difference
Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics
. Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness
by Richard H Thaler and Cass R Sunstein.
7. Ariely, Dan.
Predictably Irrational, The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions,
Harpers Collin, 2008
Sources of Power, How People Make Decisions
by Klein, Gary, MIT Press 1999
9. The Psychology of Persuasion
, Harper Collins 2007 by Cialdini, Robert B,
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT
In determining course grades, the following weights will be used:
Class Participation 20%
Two Short Papers 40%
One final paper 40%
As this course is based on the case study method, it is very important that everyone comes to class having fully read the cases assigned and is in a position to contribute to the class discussion.
There will be 2 written assignments which are to be submitted as a word document.These assignments are meant to assess your understanding of a topic or of a short case-study.Each assignment counts as 20% of the total grade.
The final assignment is due towards the end of the course and it constitutes 40% of your grade.This assignment is expected to be around 2,500 words and should in any case not exceed 3,000 words.This assignment will generally be a case study.You are expected to analyze the case and answer the questions that accompany the assignment.
There is no Final Exam for this course.
TOPICS AND CLASS SESSIONS
Readings (see list below)
A study of the US Presidential leadership
How to maximise leadership influence
How to appraise leadership
Appraisal of Singapore
s leader Mr Lee Kuan Yew
First Assignment due at 2pm 13 Sep
5 to 9.
s observation of leadership and the role of perception management
How can leaders understand themselves better and influence others
11 and 12
Memory and behavioural biases
13 to 17.
Application of behavioural nudges in policy implementation
Second assignment due 2pm 18 Oct
18, 19, 20
Introduction to Decision-tree analysis
Scenario planning process
Final assignment due 2pm 15 Nov
List of class readings
Leadership styles slides
Analysis of US
How to maximize leadership influence
How to appraise leadership
CNA LKY story.
LKY The Man and his Ideas
ST Special Edition 150323
Leader not for parlour intellectual
Marshall and LKY
Extracts from The Prince
Fast and Slow thinking:
Predictably Irrational Ch10.
Nudge database 1.2
HBR -decisions and desire
Public policy and BE in Singapore
DecisionTrees case PP5178
Scenario Planning Process slides
Managing complexity and risks
About the Instructor:
Lam Chuan Leong is a Practice Professor at the LKY School of Public Policy. Prior to his retirement from the Singapore Civil Service in March 2006, he has headed several Ministries including the Ministries of Communications and Information, Trade and Industry, National Development and the Environment where he has an overview of the key macro-economic policies in Singapore.
He was also the Chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority from 2000-2007 and Chairman of the Competition Commission of Singapore from 2006-2015. In these capacities, he has wide experience of micro-economic and regulatory issues relevant to a liberal market regime.
His key areas of interest and expertise are in the application of general management theories and also of micro-economics, particularly in regard to regulation of monopolies, competition policy, pricing and market efficiency, privatization of government services, transport economics, and the structuring of public as well as private financing initiatives. He is also interested in the challenge that human behavioral biases and complexity have posed to policy making and implementation.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week