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 Sep 200826 Sep 2008

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ConferenceEurope-Latin America Conference on Science and Innovation Policy
CountryMexico
CityMexico City
Period24/09/0826/09/08

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Finland
innovation
research organization
private enterprise
university research
organizational culture
ambivalence
ministry
decision maker
public sector
customer
globalization
governance
reform
market
learning
performance

Keywords

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

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Hyytinen, K-M. (2008). Challenges of priority setting of PROs in three policy sectors in Finland. Paper presented at Europe-Latin America Conference on Science and Innovation Policy, Mexico City, Mexico.
Hyytinen, Kirsi-Maria. / Challenges of priority setting of PROs in three policy sectors in Finland. Paper presented at Europe-Latin America Conference on Science and Innovation Policy, Mexico City, Mexico.
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