Senior Management

Senior Management Programme

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 14th 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 2019 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.

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

Mon 20 May 2019 to Fri 7 June 2019

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

SGD25,296 + GST (without accommodation); SGD31,569 (with accommodation)

Fri 19 April 2019

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. 


The SMP is designed for senior operational leaders in the government, non-profit and private sectors who will be taking on policy and managerial roles in their organisations.

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, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.