Technology Governance and Digital Transformation
The focus of the programme is on understanding digital technologies as the key driver of public and private-sector developments across the world, and how to make sure that digitisation brings about sustainable and green growth and development.
- The programme is suitable for those interested in understanding:
- the heterodox perspectives of economic development processes, i.e. systems of innovation, evolutionary, post-Keynesian and other heterodox perspectives;
- the dynamics of social and technological innovation and the role of different actors (entrepreneurs, large and small companies, citizens/users, governments) in these dynamics and in steering the directions of innovation;
- the meaning and management of digital transformations, and its impact on economy, society and government.
LEVEL OF STUDYMaster's
STUDY LOAD120 ECTS (view curriculum)
MODE OF STUDYFull-time study
The Technology Governance and Digital Transformation MA programme is an interdisciplinary study programme that covers several fields from finance, economics, technology and innovation to governance and public-sector innovation and has a strong focus on case-study- based and practical learning.
It brings together some of the globally most renowned scholars of innovation and governance – Carlota Perez, Erik S. Reinert, Wolfgang Drechsler, Jan A. Kregel, Robert Krimmer and others – who offer students a coherent set of skills for understanding and managing technological changes and digital transformations in technology- and innovation-oriented private- and public-sector organizations as well as in international bodies.
The 2 year (120 ECTS) curriculum comprises the following modules:
- General studies: Entrepreneurship and Technology Management (6 ECTS)
- Core studies:
- Technology, Innovation and Economic Development (18 ECTS)
- Technology Governance and Digital Transformation (36 ECTS)
- Internship and Consulting Lab (24 ECTS)
- Free Choice Courses (6 ECTS)
- Graduation Thesis (30 ECTS)
Professor Wolfgang Drechsler is Professor of Governance. He is also an Associate at Harvard University’s Davis Center and a member of its Advisory Board. He previously taught at the Universities of Marburg, Gießen, Frankfurt/Main, and Tartu (Chair of Public Administration); as Visiting Professor at the Universities of Lund and of Erfurt, at the Central University of Finance and Economics Beijing, at the University of Malaya, at Zhejiang University and Gadjah Mada University, at the National Institute for Development Administration (NIDA) Bangkok, at Corvinus, and at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. In civil service, Professor Drechsler has been Advisor to the President of Estonia, Executive Secretary with the German Wissenschaftsrat during German Reunification, and, as an APSA Congressional Fellow, Senior Legislative Analyst in the United States Congress. He currently directs the RND’s large-scale institutional grant on “Challenges to State Modernization in 21 st Century Europe”, 2014–19, and since 2016, he has been on the management board of IASIA. He has been a consultant to international institutions, such as the OECD, the Council of Europe, SIGMA, the World Bank, the European Union (especially Commission and Parliament), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the UNDP, to national governments, and in the private sector. He is also a recipient of the Alena Brunovskà Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Administration.
Professor Carlota Perez is Professor of Technology and Socio-Economic Development. She is also a Visiting Professor of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Honorary Professorial fellow at SPRU, University of Sussex, and at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) at University College London. In Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages (Elgar 2002), she put forward her theory of the emergence and diffusion of technological revolutions and of the role of finance in the process. Her work has contributed to the present understanding of the relationship between technology, innovation and economic development; between technical and institutional change; and between finance and technological diffusion. She is currently working on a sequel, Beyond the Technological Revolution, funded by the Anthemis Institute, which analyzes the roles that government, business and civil society play in the deployment of the potential of each revolution.
Professor Erik S. Reinert BA (University of St. Gallen) MA (Harvard) PhD (Cornell) is Professor of Technology Governance and Development Strategies. He is a former entrepreneur and since 2000 has served as the Executive Chairman of The Other Canon Foundation, a small center and network for heterodox economics research. Professor Reinert’s research interests and publications focus around the theory of uneven development and the history of economic thought and policy. His book How Rich Countries Got Rich … and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor won the Myrdal Prize in economics and the Norwegian Selvaag Prize, both in 2008. As a consultant, Professor Reinert’s emphasis is on industrial and economic policy, the preconditions and management of innovations, and the relations between financial and production capital. Professor Reinert is one of the best-known heterodox economists of our times.
Professor Jan A. Kregel PhD (Rutgers University) is Professor of Finance and Development. He used to work as Chief of the Policy Analysis and Development Branch of the Financing for Development Office of UNDESA, the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Until 2004, he was High Level Expert in International Finance and Macroeconomics in the New York Liaison Office of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), being in essence its chief economist. For many years, he held the Chair for Political Economy at the University of Bologna. He was on the faculty of Johns Hopkins SAIS, whose Bologna Center he co-directed in the late 1980s, and he is a Visiting Professor at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and a Senior Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College. He is a Life Fellow of the Royal Economic Society in London and is counted as one of the leading post-Keynesian economists today. His main area of interest is finance and innovation.Professor Dr. Robert Krimmer is Full Professor of e-Governance within the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. Professor Krimmer’s research is focused on the transformation of the public sector, electronic participation and democracy, as well as e- voting, and all issues contributing to developing a digital society. Professor Krimmer is Associate Editor of the international scientific journal Government Information Quarterly (GIQ), where he is in charge of participation issues. Further, Professor Krimmer coordinates TOOP, the EU H2020 large-scale pilot on exploring and demonstrating the feasibility of the once-only principle involving 50+ partners from 21 countries inside and outside the European Union. He was a member of the group of experts to the Council of Europe Ad-Hoc Committee on Electronic Voting (CAHVE) which had the task to update the CoE’s recommendation on legal, technical and operational standards for Electronic Voting. Also, he was one of the lead experts for the Council of Europe Ad-Hoc Committee on Electronic Democracy and drafted Annex 1 of the CoE Recommendation (2009) on e-Democracy. Before returning to academia, Professor Krimmer was OSCE/ODIHR’s first senior adviser on new voting technologies. In the past he advised CoE, OSCE/ODIHR, UNDP, WHO, ITU, the European Commission and AWEB on various matters.
Professor Rainer Kattel is the Estonian Academy of Sciences research professor at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, and Professor of Innovation and Public Governance at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. He received his education at the University of Tartu, Estonia, and the University of Marburg, Germany, studying philosophy, political philosophy, classics and public administration. He led the Department for ten years. He has served on various public-policy commissions, including the Estonian Research Council and the European Science Foundation. He has worked as an expert for the OECD, UNDP, and the European Commission. Currently, he leads the Estonian Government’s Gender Equality Council and is a member of governing boards at Tallinn University of Technology and the Estonian Academy of Arts. In 2013, he received Estonia’s National Science Award for his work in innovation policy.
Why this specialty?
- Case-study based teaching and strong emphasis on internships and practical experiences.
- Faculty mostly including internationally distinguished and award-winning professors.
- Complementing standard text-book knowledge, mainstream economics and governance theories with more realistic and relevant perspectives.
- Site visits to Estonian government offices and companies and guest lectures from leading Estonian and international innovators and visionaries.
- Minimum stay of one year in Estonia – the second year is dedicated to Internship & Consulting Lab and graduation thesis writing, which can both be done from anywhere in the world.
The programme is designed to develop globally competitive and desired experts in managing technological changes and digital transformations who work for either national governments and international organizations (as innovation policy experts and innovation managers) or for non-profit organizations and in the private sector (as owner-entrepreneurs, technology consultants, innovation managers, analysts). The programme also provides competitive competencies for a continuing academic career as a researcher in academic institutions or pursuing PhD studies.
Career paths of our alumni:
- international organizations (UN, EU);
- governmental institutions (central banks, ministries dealing with development and digitalization affairs);
- non-governmental organizations (science and technology parks, development agencies, think-tanks etc.);
- technology-intensive private companies.
“…that feeling when you get to study 10 classes in a semester at no extra cost because you love learning, time to learn two, possibly three, foreign languages because the people and countries around you…just a couple hours away are totally different.
…to eat healthier because it's cheaper and easier to buy and find fresh foods than fast food, to ride free transit, to hack every weekend, to utilize an innovative (actually) international banking system that makes sense, to learn from a professor who wrote a book you read and were inspired by years ago and seeing that they respect you too, to say what you want because political correctness isn't a thing and it's primarily seen as an invitation for deeper introspection…”
1st year student of the Technology Governance and Digital Transformation Programme
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
- Topics covered during the interview:
- Motivation and interest to study Technology Governance and Digital Transformation.
- Previous exposure to topics covered in the program and awareness of relevant societal debates.
- Preliminary vision on graduation thesis – potential research topics, methodology, etc.
- Previous education and work experience and vision of future career.
Grading scale: 0-100
Good command of the English language is required.
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