Senior Management

Senior Management Programme

More so than before, public managers find themselves operating in environments that can variously be described as uncertain, unpredictable and even disruptive. They may also find that the problems they face are often interconnected, or that they interact with, policies or problems which are not within their (or their agencies’) control. Yet another feature of the context that public managers now face is their limited ability to precisely control or 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 desirable directions.

In recent years, public management studies and the economics discipline have begun to take seriously the idea that our societies and economies, as well as the organisations and institutions we operate in, are complex adaptive systems. Understanding this complexity helps public managers to make sense of the possibilities and limitations of their policies. It also helps them to see their role as “system stewards”, rather than as social engineers. Finally, this understanding enhances their ability to work in more adaptive and experimental ways.

Now into its 12th year, the LKY School of Public Policy’s Senior Management Programme (SMP) is a three-week intensive and immersive learning experience designed to equip director-levels officials in public institutions with the skills and sensibilities to serve as leaders and change agents in complex environments. SMP 2017 will explore the overarching theme of Leadership, Innovation and Public Policy: Managing in Disruption. The programme is distinguished by its unrivaled access to some of Singapore’s best trainers, academics, and practitioners in their fields. Our participants learn groundbreaking strategies through hands-on classroom activities, real-world case studies, and visits to innovative organisations that put these concepts into practice.

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore (Bukit Timah Campus)

Mon 22 May 2017 to Fri 9 June 2017

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Fri 21 April 2017

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 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.

Programme cost:

SS$23,625 + 7% GST# (Without accommodation)

SS$29,925 Nett(With accommodation)

*Fee is inclusive of lunch, refreshments and learning support materials


Executive Education Department
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772

Tel: (65) 6516 3118 / 6516 5428
Fax: (65) 6872 9291

Application Deadline:21 Apr 2017



Donald Low

Associate Dean (Executive Education & Research) & Associate Professor (Practice), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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Professor Zeger van der Wal

Assistant Dean (Research) & Associate Professor, LKY School

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Dr. Adrian Kuah

Senior Research Fellow & Head (Research Support Unit) Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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Dr. Leong Ching

Deputy Director (IWP) & Assistant Professor, LKY School

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Professor Danny Quah

Acting Dean & Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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Professor Ora-orn Poocharoen

Adjunct Associate Professor, LKY School

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Professor Lim Siong Guan

Professor (Practice) Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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