Upon the successful completion of the program, students will acquire the following knowledge, skills and competencies

– Critically assess the key challenges facing public service provision in knowledge-based societies, with a specific focus on the Nordic countries
– Discuss the extent through which current theories, models and approaches towards public sector governance and management are adequate to solve existing problems and dilemmas
– Compare and contrast specific public governance and managerial/leadership approaches within the Nordic countries
– Apply key concepts emanating from the fields of public policy & management, organizational change, leadership, learning, innovation, and engineering education to real situations (case studies)
– Evaluate the effectiveness of policy schemes, interventions and approaches in the light of theories and models from public management, organizational studies, innovation and learning.

– Recognize and comprehend the effects of broader societal changes; digitization, urbanization, aging, etc.; in public sector reform and change
– Reflect on the importance attributed to contextual dimensions (e.g. culture and institutions) in reform trajectories and processes of change and resistance
– Develop and elaborate novel and innovative solutions (e.g. through design thinking) that are capable of addressing some of the challenges facing the public sector in the Nordic countries
– Master the ability to think across disciplinary fields and/or knowledge domains
– Grasp the importance of, and the existing mechanisms for, collaborating across multiple sectors of the economy

General competence
– Be able to formulate precise and relevant academic research problems
– Be able to work both as a part of a team as well as independently
– Be able to write both an academic paper as well as policy/evaluation report
– Be able to collaborate with and address multiple stakeholder audiences; academics, policy makers, regional actors across the public and private sectors, etc.
– Be able to assess, interpret and critic selected domains of public policy and/or management from the perspective of public governance/management, organisational change/leadership, innovation and learning theories
– Be able to synthesise considerable amounts of data and apply relevant methods and theories to a specific public policy domain
– Be able to undertake independent scientific work
– Be competent in undertaking highly sophisticated analytical tasks within the public and private sectors as well as R&D-related activities (employability)

See the Curriculum