My work with the University of Hong Kong involves mostly
research. If you would like to take tutorials with me as part of your
University course work (under an approved University course and as allowed
by your relevant supervisor), email me at:
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Over 2,000 executives have sat my courses in various
fields... and over 200 students received one-to-one mentoring (known as
tutoring) in a wide-array of disciplines. The tutorial method allows the
instructor to focus exclusively on the needs of the student -- probing the
student's strengths and weaknesses in every meeting in order to focus on skills.
For teaching critical thinking skills and applied skills needed for the job, the
tutorial method provides an unrivaled approach to education. The descriptions
on this site are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an offer
by either me or the University of Hong Kong.
Materials for my US Course on Public Finance
In these slides, I review
several core principles from class -- and walk through the cases I
presented in class. Remember, repetition is the mother of learning. If
the analysis seemed cryptic the first couple of times, keep watching --
it will clear up. These slides are supplemental (I recorded them while
traveling), so apologies for the quality.
Re-introduction to Comparative Public Sector Budgeting and Financial
In this slide, we re-review
the principles and practices of CPSBFM -- covering the El Paso budget
(again) and several other case studies.
Putting it All Together
In these slides, we review
core skills for the class -- including finding the main idea of a
budget, constructing analyses in Excel, and tying in readings to your
Using What You Know
These slides use the
Argentine budget (purposely not on your syllabus) to show how to use
your new skills as you analyse the cases on the syllabus. We look at
using models and deriving tentative hypotheses for further testing.
Using Empirical Methods in CPSBFM
These slides review the skills you will need to assess data, make
models, test them and critique them.
No student should work for a government administration
without being able to turn policy into (administrative) law. My course on
legal drafting in
international development policy remains on of my most popular
courses -- taught originally at the American University of Paris and later by tutorial.
Other courses have focused on the management of specific
executive agencies -- including case study sessions dealing with the
management of a customs administration and a practicum about running a
centre of government. Many governments in Europe have adopted modern centres
of government capable of dealing with the complexities of co-ordinating
structure and structure across the thousands of ministries, agencies and
structures controlled by the executive. There experience remains insightful
Legislative and Regulatory Drafting
Most of these
courses have been sit-down mentoring sessions with legal departments in
various ministries (mostly ministries of Justice). However, I did hold a
public training at the Ukrainian National Academy of Public Administration.
You can find out a bit about
drafting from that syllabus.
In-depth knowledge of internal audit easily represents
one of the most important skill a manager should have. Most of my trainings
with internal audit have consisted of working together on specific audit
engagements. I do not have a syllabus yet for any courses I can share
publicly. But watch this space for more.
brought together most of the tutorials I gave in the various topics in
economics, politics and public administration. Topics included calculating
the vote-yield for various policies proposed by the candidate, and dividing
up agendas in order to pass Pareto-improving (but politically unpalatable)
policies. I even used skills from operations management once -- calculating
the optimum path of speeches in order to touch on various policies (aimed at
different constituencies) in order to maximise votes on election day.
represents the highest aspiration of man as a political animal -- the
political arena is where we come together to resolve social problems. With a
bit of intelligence, politics doesn't have to be as dirty as it can be.
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