This challenging two-year programme focuses on key issues of Public Administration and Organisation Science. The programme offers an in-depth investigation of societal problems and critical challenges faced by organisations - government agencies, not-for-profits, citizen groups - involved in public value creation. You will investigate these challenges, analyse how public organisations deal with each challenge, and develop an understanding of what is required to make policies work.
Challenges of public governance
Climate change, porous borders, the knowledge economy, infectious diseases, Artifical Intelligence. The world is changing at an unprecedented pace, throwing up tantalizing opportunities as well as wicked problems for the way in which we govern our societies. Public administrators respond to these challenges in a variety of ways: they initiate reforms to make public management less bureaucratic and more accountable, they activate and enable citizens, they help businesses become more competitive while enhancing social responsibility, and they support civil society initiatives to provide voluntary community services. You will analyse how such initiatives help governments cope with these complex challenges.
These complex challenges are no longer the sole responsibility of government institutions. Private, not-for-profit and hybrid organizations as well as civil society groups are increasingly involved in creating value in the public domain and performing what previously were considered public tasks. Public governance thus not only takes place in national political institutions but also at local, regional and internationals levels of government, in multi-actor, multi-sectoral networks, and at the headquarters of large companies. Your study of the public domain and the critical issues in that domain will therefore focus on public organisations in the broadest sense of the word.