Hertie School of Governance

Public Sector Innovation

Available dates

Nov 21—23, 2019
3 days
Berlin, Germany
EUR 1690 ≈USD 1872
EUR 563 per day


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About the course

Innovation is the new buzzword in public sector reform policies across the globe. Its promise is to deliver a way out of the twin problem of increasingly wicked difficulties that public organisations have to address under ever-tighter resource constraints. One difference from earlier public sector reform approaches is the emphasis on collaboration in bringing about change in the way public organisations operate and deliver services. The course introduces the key concepts, tools and promises of the new public sector innovation agenda and critically reviews its track-record in different policy and country contexts. Specific emphasis will be put on how to manage innovation in a political context. Participants will gain a grounded understanding of the key characteristics of public sector innovation strategies, their underlying assumptions about bureaucracy, politics and organisational change and the challenges in designing and implementing innovation.

Key topics include:

  • Collaborative Innovation
  • Co-production and co-creation
  • User-centred design
  • Behavioural Insights
  • Innovation labs

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Kai Wegrich

Kai Wegrich is Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance. He is a political scientist with research interests in executive politics, regulation, public sector reform and innovations in policy-making. Wegrich has held positions at Humboldt University i...


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