CAS in Public Leadership and Human Resources Management

The topic

Successfully transforming public organisations is impossible without the united efforts of women and men who genuinely wish to see projects carried out and common goals reached. Making the most of that human capital is a responsibility shared by managers at every level of an organisation’s hierarchy and its human resources specialists. This is a complex domain, however, and multiple projects for reforming human resources (e.g. new staff conditions, new HR policies, new management principles inspired by New Public Management) often lack coordination. Furthermore, most public organisations rely on their own resources and experiences and are reluctant to take inspiration from the many positive external experiences, from any federal level. All of these elements influenced the organisation of this course. It has been designed to develop synergies between public sector organisations and allow participants to truly experiment with personnel management.

  • Provide an overall view of the principal processes which enable the public sector’s human resources to be used to their full potential;
  • Demonstrate the responsibilities and resources that human resources managers and specialists have for contributing to each one of those processes;
  • Share the latest conceptual developments and provide an overview of the current human resources practices used in public services organisations, of leadership methods and of public human resources management;
  • Provide a space in which to exchange experiences and comparative analyses;
  • Guide students as they carry out a seminar project in the form of a 360° analysis of human resources management processes.
Target audience
  • MAS participants in public administration (MPA)
  • Political and administrative officials wishing to deepen the development of human potential
  • Executives in public, private and non-profit companies
  • Union officials
Speakers (subject to modifications)
Name Function
François Bellanger Lawyer, University of Geneva
Bruno Bonafonte HR Policy Manager, State of Vaud
Robert Monin Director of Human Resources, SIG
Grégoire Tavernier Head of the State Personnel Office, State of Geneva
Daniel von Wittich Lecturer, HEC Lausanne
Programme (subject to modifications)

Program 2021 (for reference)

  • Environment and main trends affecting public HRM
  • Strategic models and integrated HR valuation system
  • Strategic models and integrated HR valuation system
  • Employment policy and staff statutes
  • Recruitment, selection and integration
  • Principles of leadership and collaboration
  • Professional performance management
  • Remuneration and non-financial recognition
  • Training and skills development
  • Flexibility of work and sustainable development of human potential
  • Career and professional development
  • Presentation of diagnoses and further topics
Teaching methods

Interactivity is the keyword throughout this course as it aims to encourage links between:

  • The theory and the practice seen in administrations;
  • Participants’ experiences and the concepts presented to them in class;
  • The general trends in human resources and participants’ personal and professional realities.
  • Emery, Giauque, Gonin, 2019, Gestion des ressources humaines. Pour le meilleur et pour le pire, Lausanne : PPUR (Collection le Savoir Suisse).
  • Emery et Gonin, 2010, Gérer les ressources humaines, Lausanne : PPUR.
  • Emery et Giauque, 2012, Motivations et valeurs des agents publics à l’épreuve des réformes, Québec : Les Presses de l’Université Laval.
Qualifications and Certificates

Participants who actively and regularly attend the course, and complete the course project, will be awarded a Foundation of Continuing Education certificate of continuing education/Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Public Administration (with a specialisation in CEMAP). This corresponds to 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. Participants who follow the course but decide not to complete the project work will receive a certificate of attendance (but no ECTS credits).

Continuing Education regulations

Practical information et Registration

Program management

Prof. Yves Emery

Prof. David Giauque

Dates, time, place

12 Wednesdays, from January to March 2023. From 9:15 am to 4:30 pm in the IDHEAP building.

Registration fees

Total course registration fees come to CHF 3,900 (including all documentation), which should be paid on receipt of the invoice, and by the start of the course at the latest.
A discount of 5%, up to a maximum of CHF 500 per course, is available to any IDHEAP alumni—holding an MPA, DAS or CEMAP, an IDHEAP PhD or a Master’s in PMP—who wish to follow a CAS course or a Seminar for Specialist and Executives organised by IDHEAP. This reduction does not apply to participants in the DAS who subsequently wish to follow the MPA course. Any decision to withdraw from the course must be made in writing. If withdrawal from the course is announced between 21 and ten days prior to its commencement, 50% of the registration fee will remain due. If withdrawal from the course is announced less than ten days before its commencement, the entire registration fee is due. The number of places being limited, registrations will be considered on the basis of the date of receipt.

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