CAS in Public Leadership and Human Resources Management

The topic | Objectives | Teaching methods

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.


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.


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).


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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Prof. Yves Emery
CH-1015 Lausanne
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Prof. David Giauque
Institut d'études politiques (IEP)
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CH-1015 Lausanne
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