Challenges of priority setting of PROs in three policy sectors in Finland

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    Continuous changes in the innovation system originated from the globalisation and changing market conditions challenge the public officials to develop new methods to enable innovations and reinforce effectiveness. Idea of linear process of innovation is replaced by reasoning of systemic innovations in which the starting point is to accept the systemic nature and ambivalence in generation of innovation. In the light of modern innovation studies learning, innovations as well as impacts are seen to be generated in stead of individual actions in the networks of several actors. Similarly common visions and priorities are set in the multi-voiced networks including the domestic and international actors from private enterprises, universities, research organisations and decision-makers. In the networks different kind of worlds meet and organisational cultures within and between organisations and policy sectors may vary considerably. What kind of challenges do the public research organisations (PRO) and their "owning" ministries meet in the changing research environment? How do these challenges affect into the priority setting of PROs? In this paper the aim is to discuss about the questions in the light of performance steering and by the perspective of three policy sectors in Finland. The paper aims to identify and describe the PROs' different roles and services relating to their impacts on their own competence building, customers innovation process and society at large. In this paper we will discuss more common changes and challenges that PROs are facing in Finland. These challenges relates mainly to the reform of public sector research that is currently the main change being undertaken in the context of horizontal governance of sectoral research. Besides these common challenges in all three policy sectors there are sector specific challenges that affect into the roles and priority setting. We will also examine the sector specific challenges within these three sectors.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    EventEurope-Latin America Conference on Science and Innovation Policy: EU-PRIME Network of Excellence - Mexico City, Mexico
    Duration: 24 Sept 200826 Sept 2008


    ConferenceEurope-Latin America Conference on Science and Innovation Policy
    CityMexico City


    • public research organisation
    • governance
    • performance management
    • target setting
    • impact assessment


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