Dr. Baimyrzaeva’s focus areas include organizational learning, capacity building, change, and strategic planning using socially innovative and design thinking approaches. In her work Dr. Baimyrzaeva aims to integrate insights from multiple disciplines, including organizational management, cognitive/behavioral sciences, public policy and administration, international law and development. She has designed and taught more than 40 courses on diverse subjects in the context of international development and policy, including organizational leadership/management, social innovations, nation building, policy analysis, and applied research methods and design.
In addition to teaching, she regularly mentors students during their consultancies with influential local, national, and international organizations. She also authored many peer-reviewed publications about public management reforms. She also regularly delivers presentations, workshops, and trainings in policy analysis, applied research methods, strategic leadership, governance reforms, and culture change to government and nonprofit professionals in Central Asia and in the US.
Prior to coming to the Institute Dr. Baimyrzaeva worked at various government, nonprofit, academic, and international organizations, including in the capacity of a civil society expert at National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and director of the Bureau of Legal and Social Assistance for Refugees in Kyrgyzstan. She is fluent in English, Russian, and Kyrgyz; speaks basic Turkish, and has basic familiarity with other Turkic languages.
This course offers you a meaningful learning opportunity to understand what it takes for organizations - a group of people with a shared goal – to work together and get things done. This presupposes a good understanding of human motivation and drivers of behavior and how to problem solve and make decisions in complex situations. These also happen to be the highest ranked among the 21stcentury skills. To learn about how organizations operate and how to lead them effectively, we will use readings, exercises, and case studies among other learning methods. In addition, you will engage in analysis, diagnosis, and problem-solving exercises focusing on one organization of your choice.
Spring 2022 - MIIS, Fall 2022 - MIIS, Spring 2023 - MIIS
Do you have a real life project in mind you would want to tackle using a faculty mentor’s help? Do you want to build and/or strengthen your skills and knowledge, ideally by working on a consulting project for an organization of your choice? If yes, the Capstone course is for you. In this course you will be in the driver’s seat working on your project, while the faculty will coach you and provide practical skills and tools to help you effectively articulate, design, and implement your project, and communicate your findings to your client. In addition to individualized feedback sessions, faculty will also guide you to right resources for additional relevant skill and knowledge building.
Please check the prereqs:
- Only open for DPP students in 3rd or 4th semesters who are using the course to fulfill their Practicum requirement.
- Students who are planning to enroll in FMS, DPMI+ or IPSS should not enroll in this course. Contact the instructor if requesting exceptions.
- Students may undertake projects individually or in teams (maximum 3 per team), but team justification must be compelling
Spring 2022 - MIIS, Fall 2022 - MIIS, Spring 2023 - MIIS
Organizational Development & Leadership
This course offers you a meaningful learning opportunity to understand what it takes for organizations - a group of people with a shared goal – to work together and get things done. This presupposes a good understanding of human motivation and drivers of behavior and how to problem solve and make decisions in complex situations. These also happen to be the highest ranked among the 21stcentury skills. To learn about how organizations operate and how to lead them effectively, we will use readings, exercises, and case studies among other learning methods. In addition, you will engage in analysis, diagnosis, and problem-solving exercises focusing on one organization of your choice. (Open to Juniors and Seniors only) The dates of this course are JANUARY 31 through MAY 20. Registering for this course signals your interest in taking the course. (Pass/Fail)
I am fascinated by how we learn – especially by how each of us filters and perceives information differently depending on our pre-existing ideas and assumptions. They color what we see and how we interpret the world. That is why instead of just introducing new content, I first try to help the learners – be they my students or clients – to uncover their deeply-seated ideas and assumptions, subject them to critical review, and, when necessary and possible, replace them with a more accurate view of reality. I encourage such deeper learning though uniquely designed sessions that help them actively reflect on their thought patterns and experiences.
PhD, University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning, and Development
MA in Public Administration & International Management Graduate Certificate, University of Hawaii College of Business Administration
BA in International Law, International University of Kyrgyzstan
Professor Baimyrzaeva has been teaching at the Institute since 2007.
Baimyrzaeva, M. Ethics and Behavior Change: A Cognitive-Behavioral Perspective. A chapter published in 2021 in Citizenship and Ethics, Rowman and Littlefield.
Baimyrzaeva, M. and Taylor, C. Future of Work: Implications for Public Sector Practitioners, Leaders, and Educators. Published in 2020 inInternational Journal of Public Leadership
Baimyrzaeva, Mahabat, “Public Administration in Kyrgyzstan.” Published in 2018 in Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration edited by Ali Farzamand, Springer.
Baimyrzaeva, Mahabat, Beginners’ Guide for Applied Research: What Is It, and Why and How to Do It? Published in 2018 by the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, University of Central Asia.
“The Role of Supreme Audit Institutions in Improving Citizen Participation in Governance,” International Journal of Public Administration, 2014, volume 15, issue 2, pp. 77-90
“Policy Analysis as a Profession in Government: Who Does What and How?” Occasional Paper No 2, November 2013, University of Central Asia (in English and Russian)
Institutional Reforms in the Public Sector: What did we Learn, published in 2012 by Emerald Publishing.
“Kyrgyzstan’s Public Sector Reforms: 1991 – 2010,” International Journal of Public Administration, 2011, volume 34, issue 9, pp. 555-566
“Analysis of Public Administration Reforms in Kyrgyzstan in Light of Its Recent Governance Crises,” International Public Management Review, 2011, Volume 12, issue 1. pp. 22-46
“Corruption and Legitimacy Problems in Post-Communist States” (a book review), Public Administration Review, 2007, May/June, pp. 592-594
“Institutional Reforms in Kyrgyzstan,” Central Asian Studies Review, 2005, volume 4, issue 1, pp. 29-35
Aiming to improve affordability while maintaining academic rigor, the MA in International Policy and Development, Master of Public Administration, and MA in International Trade programs have been streamlined to meet student needs.