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This course provides an introduction to International Organizations and the United Nations, and explores how business and management tools can be applied in these settings to achieve better, more effective results. With a focus on cross-sector partnerships in a changing world, the course offers you insights into the inner workings of international organizations and the challenges they face today. It will introduce you to effective, state-of-the art management tools and principles to help you lead change in this world – taught by senior staff of international organizations themselves. This is an introductory course offered by the International Organizations MBA (IO-MBA) of the University of Geneva, an executive program for change-makers in international organizations, NGOs and social ventures.
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Cursos 100 % en línea

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Beginner Level

Nivel principiante

Clock

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Sugerido: 3 hours per week
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English

Subtítulos: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Welcome to the Course

Welcome to this course on International Organizations Management. Over the next five weeks, we will explore the inner workings of International Organizations and the United Nations and learn how business and management tools can be applied in these settings. The course is structured into five modules, each with a focus on a different aspect of international organizations, and includes lectures, discussions and readings to dive deeper into particular topics. To qualify for a course certificate, you must complete and score above 80% on all five of the end of module quizzes. See more details in the course syllabus below, then let's get started with Week 1!...
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1 video (Total 4 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Reading2 readings
Learn more about the IO-MBA programme10m
Course Syllabus5m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Test your knowledge before you start (not graded)20m

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4 hours to complete

Introduction to International Organizations

In the first module of our course on International Organizations Management, we provide an overview of the historical context and different ways of classifying international organizations in today's contemporary world. We will focus in particular on the United Nations – its origins, purposes, mandate, structure and activities – as the most important inter-governmental organization that coordinates global action on peace and security, humanitarian protection, human rights, and economic and social development. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 84 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Early examples of international organizations5m
Historical context of international organizations11m
Taxonomy - Different ways to classify organizations15m
The UN Charter and basic principles11m
The UN governance system6m
The UN Security Council6m
ECOSOC and the Sustainable Development Goals10m
UN Secretariat and Secretary General14m
Reading5 readings
Explore the UN System20m
Additional Readings20m
Additional Readings40m
UN Charter10m
Explore the SDGs15m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz week 120m

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3 hours to complete

The Shifting Context for International Organizations

In our second module, we will turn to the practice of international relations to understand how states engage with each other and other actors on the global stage. Today, international relations are about much more than the traditional study of states, security and power. From growing anti-trade sentiments, to the impact of climate change, to cyber-security in a hyper-connected world, most of the security threats of the 21st century will require greater cooperation across borders and collective action from governments, private sector and civil society. These shifts raise important questions for the future functioning of international organizations....
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9 videos (Total 59 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Networks and Hierarchies11m
Global supply chains and production networks6m
Regional and plurilateral trade agreements5m
Global efforts to address climate change6m
Practical example - Combating deforestation3m
Internet history and cyber-security of nation states9m
Internet governance and global policy debates3m
Conclusion 7m
Reading4 readings
Additional Readings15m
Additional Readings20m
Additional Readings20m
Additional Readings20m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz week 220m

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4 hours to complete

Leadership in the UN System

Now that you have a better understanding of the UN system, its shifting context, challenges and opportunities, we move on to explore the concept and practice of leadership in the UN. In this module, we will outline a conceptual framework and key literature on UN leadership. We explore different styles of leadership and examples of the practice of leadership by successive Secretaries General. We analyze several instruments of leadership – leadership through the power of convening, setting goals, marshalling evidence, and what we refer to as visionary leadership. We conclude by examining prospects for future UN leadership and multilateralism in a changing world. ...
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12 videos (Total 111 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
UN strategic alignment and creating space10m
Expectations of the Secretary-General10m
Authority of the Secretary-General in the UN Charter11m
Example: Dag Hammarskjöld on creating space15m
UN convening power and high-level panels11m
UN leadership through setting goals7m
UN leadership through data and bold visions11m
Introduction to Part 4 and 50m
Four scenarios on the future of multilateralism7m
The UN's role in norms and global public goods7m
Conclusions 4m
Reading5 readings
Strategy and Leadership20m
Dag Hammarskjöld20m
Additional Readings20m
Additional Readings30m
Additional Readings30m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz week 320m

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4 hours to complete

Public Private Partnerships

The shifting context for international organizations makes collaboration on global challenges more important, but also more difficult. In addition to collaboration between nation states in traditional international organisations, public private partnerships (PPPs) have emerged as an innovative model for collaboration that transcends the conventional boundaries of the public sector, private sector and civil society. In this module, you will learn about the role of cross-sector partnerships in addressing today's complex challenges as well as the unique management approaches that are needed to bring diverse stakeholders together. We will set out theoretical frameworks to assess the opportunities and challenges of partnership, and apply these frameworks to examples of partnerships between international organisations and business, public agencies, and civil society....
Reading
9 videos (Total 82 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
What do we mean by Public Private Partnerships?11m
Why do international organizations engage in PPPs?13m
Sectoral strengths and differences in PPPs8m
Practical examples of PPPs in action6m
Partnership life cycle and operational model10m
Partnership governance structure11m
How to prepare and select suitable partners7m
The role of broker organizations in partnerships10m
Reading6 readings
What is the role of businesses in sustainable development?20m
The complexity of cross-sector relationships10m
Are partnerships a panacea?30m
Partnerships in practice: when informal relationships differ from formal35m
The collaborative mindset: managerial styles for partnerships15m
Case study of brokerage10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz week 420m

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2 hours to complete

Marketing & Fundraising

International organizations are facing increasingly competitive environments in gaining the funding and public support necessary to fulfill their missions. The current economic situation has made it more critical than ever to use effective marketing management to build positive media attention and a strong brand identity. In this last module, we blend together theoretical principles with the practical skill of marketing and fundraising in international organizations. The course is divided into four parts, each with a theoretical framework followed by the application to a real world example....
Reading
9 videos (Total 63 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Building a marketing plan10m
Marketing plan example5m
Managing your brand9m
Branding - Octagon example5m
Fundraising6m
Fundraising - How to build a case for support5m
Media and communications9m
Media Tools - examples5m
Reading4 readings
Cause marketing10m
Global Fund - Identify guide for partners10m
Dan Pallotta on charity10m
Strategic communication plan10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz week 520m

Instructors

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Gilbert Probst

Professor, Organization and Management
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Sebastian Buckup

Visiting professor
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Bruce Jenks

Visiting professor
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Stephan Mergenthaler

Visiting professor
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Cassandra Quintanilla

Teaching and research assistant
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Lea Stadtler

Research Fellow
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Claudia Gonzalez Romo

Visiting professor
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Julian Fleet

Visiting professor
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Tina Ambos

Academic Director of the International Organizations MBA

About University of Geneva

Founded in 1559, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is one of Europe's leading universities. Devoted to research, education and dialogue, the UNIGE shares the international calling of its host city, Geneva, a centre of international and multicultural activities with a venerable cosmopolitan tradition....

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