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KAFP 3675 - Digital & Innovative Goverment

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 40

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Rapid and pervasive technological progresses are disrupting labour markets, economies and societies across the globe, demanding more than ever governments' agility and adaptability. To keep up with these changes, governments need indeed to continuously evolve, proving to be capable to use technology to be productive, innovative and inclusive. Analogue governments cannot serve digital economies and societies, which is why governments have no choice but to adjust and transform the way they design and deliver public policies and services. However, for the digital transformation of public sectors to happen governments need to create the environment and conditions enabling the leveraging of digital technologies (e.g. cloud computing, social media, blockchain), and related trends (e.g. open data, big data), to be powerful tools to enact the required adjustments, while being able to anticipate and manage related risks. The recognition of government data as key strategic asset of the digital transformation and the establishment of the main conditions to foster data-driven innovative public sectors; the development of digital skills among public servants and managerial leadership; the fostering of public engagement and co-design and co-delivery (e.g. in relation to policy making, public services) as practices that evolve the role of “government as platform” capable to engage with a broad ecosystem of actors to co-create public value, are all demanding changes for which policy and decision makers of today and tomorrow need to prepare. This course has the purpose to prepare the students to address the main issues associated with the digital transformation of the public sector. It will discuss and enable to understand how can digital technologies help design innovative governments, how can governments best undertake this endeavour, while tackling related constraints and risks.


  • UBALDI, Barbara (Senior Policy Analyst/Head of Unit, OECD)
  • YOUNG, Zachary M. (Etudiant)

Pedagogical format

A mix of : group work individual case studies lessons guest teachers

Course validation

midterm assignment (40%) final assignment /project (50% participation (10%)


The preparation required may vary based on the content and type of class. Preparatory reading may include extracts from books or articles but won't exceed 20-30 pages.

Required reading

  • Yuval Noah Harari, “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow”, Harvill Secker publishing, London (2017)
  • Ubaldi, B., “Open Government Data: Towards Empirical Analysis of Open Government Data Initiatives”, OECD Working Papers on Public Governance, No. 22, OECD Publishing, Paris (2013).
  • UNDESA, Understanding Knowledge Societies in twenty questions and answers with the Index of Knowledge Societies, UN publishing, New York (2005)