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Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Senior Management Programme

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May 20—Jun 7
15 daysModules info
Singapore, Singapore
SGD 25296 ≈USD 18640
SGD 1686 per day


More so than before, public managers find themselves operating in uncertain, unpredictable and even disruptive environments. They face challenges that are often interconnected, and unfortunately, they have limited ability to precisely engineer specific outcomes. At best, they can try to influence the outcomes by creating the conditions that would allow the environments they operate in to evolve in their desired direction.

In recent years, public management studies and the economics discipline are seriously addressing the idea that the societies, economies, and institutions we operate in are complex adaptive systems. Understanding this complexity helps public managers make sense of the possibilities and limitations of their policies. They are able to readjust the understanding of their own roles – that they are “system stewards” rather than social engineers – and this understanding is key in enhancing their ability to work in more adaptive and experimental ways.

Now into its 13th year, the LKY School’s Senior Management Programme (SMP) is a three-week intensive and immersive learning experience designed to equip senior executives and professionals in government, corporates, and non-profit organisations with the skills and sensibilities to serve as leaders and change agents in complex environments. SMP 2018 will explore the overarching theme of Leadership, Innovation and Public Policy: Managing in Disruptions, and will include a week-long Comparative Policy Exercise (CPEX) in Shanghai and Hangzhou, China. CPEX will focus on the fast-evolving landscapes in China such as digital economy, mobile payment, artificial intelligence, sharing economy, technological disruption, infrastructure, and diversity. It tells the story on how to create conducive conditions to enable adaptation and empower the various actors to innovate and experiment.

Programme Objectives

The Senior Management Programme (SMP) provides participants with a unique opportunity to step back from their day-to-day responsibilities and embark on a journey of intellectual and personal renewal to improve their performance as leaders.

By attending this programme, SMP participants can expect to:

  • Gain broader perspectives on complex public policy issues
  • Sharpen analytical skills for multi-stakeholder settings
  • Acquire new strategic management approaches and leadership abilities
  • Establish a valuable network of global peers


The SMP facilitates participants to build on their strengths to positively influence their organisations and their broader society. The programme provides in-depth treatment of organizational dynamics and clear understanding of the global forces that affect institutions and the world today.

To realise this vision, SMP 2019 consists of 2 integral components: (i) 2 weeks of classroom lectures and presentations in Singapore, and (ii) a week-long overseas learning trip to Shanghai and Hangzhou, China.

Who should attend

The SMP is designed for senior executives and professionals in the government, non-profit and private sectors, who are poised to become the next-generation leaders in their organisations. The ideal SMP candidate should be a senior functional head or director of an organisational unit with at least 8 years of significant managerial experience.

The programme will be conducted in English, thus participants must be proficient in the language. Past SMP participants include senior executives and directors from Australia, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei, China, Estonia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.



Dr. Araral specialises in and has received numerous awards for the study of governance and institutions for collective goods across a range of public policy contexts. He teaches public management, public finance, research methods, policy analysis and programme evaluation, and institutional analys...
Leong Ching's work lies in making sense of apparently irrational environmental behavior, whether in refusal to use recycled water, underinvesting in water utilities, or decision making in building dams and managing rivers. She uses narratives, perceptions and stories to understand collective publ...
Dale Whittington is a Professor in the Departments of Environmental Science & Engineering and City & Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA), and a Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He...
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