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MOOC 3: Public Innovation and Open Government

Enrollment is Closed

Course description

In this course we will review the concepts of innovation developed in the heat of the different paradigms that addressed public management in the last century to finally reach the notion of Open Public Innovation.

In this framework, we will approach the approaches from linear innovation, as a model associated with intrabureaucratic processes supported fundamentally in technological developments, to the most recent mechanisms linked to the coordination of public actors and civil society for the co-creation of policies public.

We will problematize around what is and what is not innovation in public management today and we will analyze different experiences tending to strengthen innovative spaces in the different levels of government management.

Finally, we will invite students to reflect on the experiences analyzed, detecting strengths and weaknesses of the cases studied and incorporating the different lessons for the transfer of knowledge and skills acquired to their respective management spaces.

Objectives of the course

The objectives of this course are:

  • Understand the conceptual developments that give foundation to Public Innovation and Open Government and its different scopes, processes and treatments for public decision making.
  • Recognize and examine the principles of GA and its relationship with the knowledge society: participation, transparency, innovation and intensive use of information technologies.
  • To put question the impact of the Public Innovation and the Open Government on the democracies, the political parties and the social organizations.


  1. Introduction to Public Innovation: What is Public Innovation and what does it contribute to the idea of Open Government?
  2. Public Innovation and Open Government: Different approaches and perspectives. Uses, controversies and contributions.
  3. Public Innovation: experiences. Innovation in the co-production of public policies. Actors, contexts and relevant experiences.
    1. Methodologies and innovative practices.

To whom it is addressed

The people to whom this course is directed are:

  • Those who exercise some public function, as well as career professionals and political positions.
  • Students who want to expand knowledge about Open Government and the principles it contains.


The minimum requirements to carry out the course are the technical conditions involved.

  • Computer and Internet connection.

When certifying the course:
The university certification of a course implies a minimum necessary academic training, namely:

  • Bachelor or equivalent at least.


Rita Grandinetti

Rita Grandinetti

Rita Grandinetti is a doctor from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. She directs the Dept. of Public Administration of the Faculty of Political Science and RRII of the National University of Rosario, Argentina, where she is a Researcher and Professor of Public Administration Technologies. She is a member of the Staff of National and International Journals in Public Administration: Co-Coordinator of the Editorial Committee for the South America Region of the Latin American Journal of Higher Education and Public Policy: RELAES of the University of Foreign Studies of Tiajin (TFSU), China and Board Member of State and Local Government Review, University of Florida, USA and refere of various national and international publications. He is a member of multiple Scientific Associations. She is the author of multiple publications in national and international refereed journals, including: "Challenges and Innovations of Public Administrations for Democratic Development in the 21st Century" in coaturia, "Approaches and keys to organizational design to manage complexity in local governments "," Capacities and design of Argentine local governments. The case of the Rosario Region ", and" Technological innovation in public organizations: ERI, a methodological proposal ".

Patricia Nari

Patricia Nari

Patricia Nari has a PhD in Innovation, Territorial Development and Competitiveness from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Professor at the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations of the UNR. Director of the Master in Public Management of the UNR. Expert in design and management of territorial public policies. Founding member and senior professional of the IGC (City Management Institute). He is an active member of scientific networks: NASPA-INPAE (Studens Affaire Administrators in Higher Education / Inter-American Network for Public Administration Education- Washington DC); CLAD (Latin American Center for Development Administration / Venezuela) Network MUNI (Network of Research Institutes in Local Management Argentina), SAAP (Argentine Society of Political Analysis), and of the AAEAP (Argentine Association of Studies in Public Administration). Author of articles and co author of books on public management, territorial policies and speaker of numerous seminars and conferences of his specialty.

Irene Castagnani

Irene Castagnani is a political scientist and Master in Public Management, from the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations (UNR). Professor of the Theory of Public Administration II, of the Career of Political Science, Faculty of Political Science and International Relations (UNR). Teacher of the Training Program in Local Public Management, School of Municipal Administration, Municipality of Rosario. Diploma in Human Resources (UNR).