Strategic Responses to Corruption
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Public sector agencies have implemented a range of corruption prevention and risk management strategies with varying degrees of success. This course uncovers some of the reasons why corrupt conduct continues to occur despite considerable efforts to prevent it.
Corruption usually occurs in situations where there are weaknesses in operational arrangements and a failure to make proper use of the control inherent in well-designed and managed systems. Such systems, geared towards achieving operational outcomes in an efficient and effective manner, have built into them a range of controls that reduce the opportunity for unwanted and poor outcomes such as corruption. These systems also act on the drivers of improper and inappropriate workplace behaviours and ensure that organisations get the best out of their staff.
Through an examination of theoretical frameworks, case studies and practical activities, this course puts forward an approach to corruption prevention that builds on past successes in corruption risk management while making fuller use of the control that is inherent in well-designed and managed operational arrangements.
The program develops an understanding of the control implications of organisational structure and boundaries, information integrity, location of decision-making and accountabilities, process design, management arrangements, manager and staff capability and capacity, incentive structures, group norms and equity and entitlement issues.
At the end of this program participants will be better equipped to:
- understand the main elements of the control environment, their impacts on corruption prevention and how they integrate
- develop a deeper awareness of what may motivate corrupt conduct and how they can use motivation to create positive change
- understand the corruption prevention implications of organisation structures and boundaries
- comprehend the control inherent in tight operational arrangements, such as best-practice processes and performance metrics
- analyse operational arrangements for efficiency and effectiveness, identify points of weakness and the potential for corruption.
Over the four days, participants will be exposed to a range of concepts and analytical tools that they can use to identify weaknesses and opportunities in their organisation’s operational arrangements. Once these vulnerabilities have been identified, participants can use the information to help build a leaner, more robust system that is naturally resistant to corruption.
Who should attend
The course is aimed at executives and managers with operational responsibility for work areas that have significant vulnerability to corruption. Participants will be able to apply the skills and concepts acquired on the course to the corruption risks and operational weaknesses identified. The program is suitable for those working in all three tiers of government.