Courses, Research and Teaching

Richard Paton as President of RP Consultants is currently engaged in research on the challenges facing the presidents of a range of associations and non profits including business associations, universities, hospitals, professional associations and the full range of social, environmental, educational and other non profits.

The two major courses that have been developed by Richard are: The Politics of Management: Thinking like a Manager (now the Practice of Public Management PADM 5123) and Leading Associations and Non Profits. The Politics of Management course was integrated in the fall of 2018 into the core courses of in the MPPA program at Carleton as PADM 5123 — the Practice of Public Management. The course involves three sections taught by a team three professors, Richard Paton, Chris Stoney and Rob Shepherd. The non profit course is provided as a one week intensive course in the spring of each year. The course outline for the non profit leadership course, which is copyrighted by Richard Paton, is provided in the web site.

The Leadership of Non Profits course is a unique practical management course that has received exceptionally positive reviews by participants. As of the fall of 2018 the course has been provided in the one week format for four consecutive years with exceptionally positive feedback from participants. The course is expected to be scheduled for late May or early June for the next few years. The course usually involves 20 participants of the non profit program from organizations across the country as well as 5–7 professional development participants from associations and non profits who can register without enrolling in the masters or diploma program. Registration is usually opened in March and in past years, the course was fully subscribed in less than a day. Anyone wishing further information on the course can contact Richard Paton.