Executive MPA   Executive training  

Public sector innovation

16-18 March 2023 | Executive seminar

Innovation is the new buzzword in public sector reform policies across the globe. It promises to deliver a way out of the dual problem of increasingly wicked difficulties that public organisations have to address under ever-tighter resource constraints. One difference to earlier public sector reform approaches is the emphasis on collaboration in bringing about change in the way public organisations operate and deliver services. Digital technologies play an important role in collaboration and the ‘co-creation’ of innovations. Another proposition for the new trend of public sector innovation is to strengthen ‘experimentation’ in government and to nurture a new culture of ‘failure tolerance’ in the public sector as a precondition for the creation of innovations. The course introduces the key concepts and tools 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 and tools of public sector innovation strategies, their underlying assumptions about bureaucracy, politics and organisational change and the challenges in designing, implementing and evaluating innovation.

This seminar is offered as part of the Executive MPA programme and in the open enrolment programme.



  • Kai Wegrich , Dean of Research and Faculty and Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy