Innovations in the public sector2018

2026 Innovations in the public sector

  • Study programme and level: Master’s Degree Programme Administration- Public sector governance 2nd Cycle
  • 2nd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 21
  • Seminar: 11
  • Other forms of study: 88
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Primož Pevcin, PhD

1. Prerequisits

No prerequisits.

2. Content (Syllabus outline) 

  • The importance of innovations for a modern and effective public sector
  • Basic terminology of invention & innovation management
  • Technological factors of innovation
  • Organizational factors of innovation
  • Techniques of creativity promotion
  • Evaluation of invention & innovation processes
  • Protection of intellectual property
  • Innovation policy in Slovenia and the European Union
  • Support institutions in Slovenia and the European Union
  • Social innovations and the role of the public sector
  • A review of innovative developments in the Slovenian public sector
  • Future innovation challenges in the Slovenian public sector

3. Readings

  • Ropret, M., Fatur, P., Rodman, K., Likar, B. (2011). Factors of successful innovation in services. International journal of services technology and management, 16(3/4), str. 243-261.
  • Mulej, M., Fatur, P. Knez Riedl, J., Kokol, A., Mulej, N., Potočan, V., Prosenak, D., Škafar, B., Ženko, Z. (2008). Invencijsko-inovacijski management z uporabo dialektične teorije sistemov: podlaga za uresničitev ciljev Evropske unije glede inoviranja. Ljubljana: Institut za inovativnost in tehnologijo.
  • Aristovnik, A., Kovač, P., Stare, J., Todorovski, L. (2016). Slovenska javna uprava na razpotju strateških sprememb = Slovenian public administration at the crossroads of strategic changes. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za upravo.
  • Likar, B., Fatur., P. (2006). Management inovacijskih in RR procesov v EU. Ljubljana: Institut za inovativnost in tehnologijo.
  • Pollitt, C., Bouckaert, G. (2011). Public Management Reform: A comparative analysis-new public management, governance, and the Neo-Weberian state. New York: Oxford University Press.

4. Objectives and competences

Objectives

  • Students get to know the innovation opportunities of the public sector,
  • students understand the basic terminology of invention & innovation management,
  • students get acquainted with the fundamental innovation factors of the public sector,
  • students know the institutions of the innovation support environment,
  • students get acquainted with the methods and innovative techniques aimed at addressing the challenges of the public sector.

Competencies

  • Students are able to identify the needs for technological and non-technological innovations in the public sector,
  • students are able to manage the basic principles of invention & innovation processes,
  • students are able to correctly apply the methods and techniques of idea creation,
  • students are able to identify relevant innovation support institutions,
  • students are able to manage the evaluation of the various stages of invention & innovation processes.

5. Intended learning outcomes

  • Knowledge and comprehension:

The student describes the innovation challenges and relevant concepts of invention & innovation management.
S/he is also able to set out and describe fundamental technological and organizational factors of innovation as well as recognize and understand the interconnections between them.

  • Application:

The student is able to apply creative techniques and methods of invention & innovation process evaluation on real innovation problems.

  • Analysis:

The student is able to analyse personal and organizational innovation challenges as well as options for addressing these challenges. S/he is also able to analyse the state of invention & innovation activities in a given organization, based on concrete data.

  • Synthesis:

Based on aggregation of the identified innovation opportunities, objective own information and information from the environment, the student can develop new innovative proposals and appropriately justify them.

  • Evaluation:

The student assesses the importance and the role of key resources in the realization of innovative proposals.
S/he is also able to predict the administrative and economic effects of these proposals.

6. Learning and teaching methods

  • preparations for lectures
  • lecture
  • preparations for seminars
  • seminars
  • problem based learning

7. Assessment

  • written or oral exam 60 %
  • assigned tasks and active participation in lectures and seminars 10 %
  • seminar paper 30 %

8. Lecturer's references

  • Ropret, M., Fatur, P., Likar, B. (2014). Inovacijska in gospodarska uspešnost Slovenije v okolju Evropske unije. V B. Likar (Ured.), O inovativnosti slovenske predelovalne in izbranih storitvenih dejavnosti (str. 25-34), Koper: Fakulteta za management.
  • Ropret, M., Klun, M., Stare, J., Aristovnik, A. (2016). Factors of innovation in public administration : the case of emerging market economies in Eastern Europe. V: Spreading standards, building capacities : European administrative space in progress. Zagreb: NISPAcee.
  • Ropret, M., Aristovnik, A., Klun, M., Stare, J. (2016). Human resources as the precondition for European public sector innovation. V: L. Galetić (Ured), I. Načinović Braje (Ured.), B. Jaković (Ured.), Proceedings, 8th International Conference "An Enterprise Odyssey: Saving the Sinking Ship through Human Capital". Zagreb: Faculty of Economics & Business.
  • Ropret, M., Fatur, P., Rodman, K., Likar, B. (2011). Factors of successful innovation in services. International journal of services technology and management, 16(3/4), str. 243-261.
  • Durnik, M., Stare, J., Klun, M., Buzeti, J., Keržič, D. (2015). Inovativno usposabljanje ciljnih družbenih skupin na področju upravne vede, gostujoče predavanje: dr. Marko Ropret. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za upravo.