Administration, Economics, Security, Politics
Applied research in public management 1 ILV
Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Karin Schönpflug, DI Michal Sedlacko, MSc PhD, Potjeh Stojanovic, MSc
- Characteristics of scientific thinking; scientific theory and empirical research; fundamentals of the qualitative and quantitative research paradigm; connection between theoretical perspective, problem, research question, methods and 'data'
- Literature research, characteristics of scientific texts, working with scientific literature, writing excerpts, how and why to cite?
- Concretization of the quantitative research paradigm: creation of quantitative questionnaires using an evaluation-oriented approach; repetition of the basics of statistics
The acquisition of the above-mentioned competences is checked within the framework of the immanent performance assessment on the basis of the following partial performances:
(1) Written reading assignments
(2) Multiple choice tests on the topics of literature research and citation guidelines
(3) Creation of a short quantitative questionnaire with an evaluation concept
The combination of different teaching methods - lecture and distance learning, self-study, multiple-choice test, practical exercises based on individual and group work, discussion and feedback from peers and teachers - allows for a diverse transfer of knowledge and skills on the one hand and takes into account different learning types among students on the other. By means of practical applications, students are challenged in this exercise to acquire new competences and to reflect on them in connection with the contents of other courses. The selected working materials and research examples provide a reference to the central topics of the course as well as current focal points such as SDGs and digitisation.
Methods of problem-oriented applied social research ILV
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Julia Dahlvik, MA, DI Michal Sedlacko, MSc PhD
- Literature research and "state of the art" - what does this chapter in the master thesis do?
- Writing workshop: scientific argumentation; descriptive v. critical/analytical writing
- Repetition: formulating good research questions
- Short repetition of the contents from the first two semesters with focus on methods of data collection and evaluation
- Discussion of the argumentation exercise & status of the literature search for the master thesis
- In-depth: data sources and methods of data collection and evaluation, "interpretation" in quantitative and qualitative research: from figures, protocols and transcripts to results
- Research planning and research process; individual and larger or commissioned projects; proposal; group exercise: outline.
The acquisition of the above-mentioned competences will be checked in the course of the immanent performance assessment by means of several written submissions in preparation for the master thesis, e.g. exemplary discussion of a scientific argument, chapter "state of research", and proposal.
The combination of different teaching methods - lecture and distance learning, self-study, practical exercises based on individual and group work, discussion and feedback from peers and teachers - enables a diverse transfer of knowledge and skills on the one hand and takes into account different learning types among students on the other. By means of practical applications, students are challenged in this exercise to acquire new competences and to reflect on them in connection with the contents of other courses. The selected working materials and research examples provide a reference to the central topics of the course as well as current focal points such as SDGs and digitization.
Austria in current sustainability developments ILV
Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Günter Horniak, DI Michal Sedlacko, MSc PhD
- Sustainability policy - origin and development (WCSD, UN, tensions in the discourse, MDGs, redefinitions, SDGs, ...)
- Sustainability as a cross-cutting issue: theories, approaches and discourses (besides "common models" also including resilience, public interest economy, sustainable development, three pillars, doughnut economy, Degrowth/Buen Vivir... )
- Neighboring initiatives: Local Agenda 21, Green Cities Network, Healthy Cities, Brundtland Cities, regional sustainability initiatives, etc.
- Global and European developments of the last decades (biodiversity, energy and emissions, transport, consumption, waste, land use patterns; review of global and European environmental policies and their impact)
- Austria in the context of sustainability policy (indicators and values for the physical sustainability of Austria for the purpose of overview and contextualisation - such as HANPP and its sources, Ecological Footprint, inequality/Gini/poverty, national accounts of wellbeing/quality of life/welfare index, HDI, virtual trade of water and other material flow analysis values, emissions, other Eurostat SDS indicators etc.; as well as MDGs and SDGs; Austria's greatest current sustainability challenges)
- Austria as a sustainability policy field: current players, coalitions and concepts (federal ministries, forest dialogue, poverty conference, social movements, implementation of SDGs, relation to impact orientation, sustainability programme of individual parties, trade unions or provinces)
- Sustainability as a framework programme at the national level plus principles of sustainability strategies in general
Short presentations, seminar paper
Lecture with discussion, group work assignments with feedback, peer feedback, case solutions, flipped classroom
Fundamentals of knowledge management UE
Lector: Mag. Bernhard Krabina, DI Michal Sedlacko, MSc PhD
- Typologies and forms of knowledge management
- Concepts and models of knowledge management- Integrative/holistic knowledge management
- SECI model after Nonaka and Takeuchi
- Cycle of knowledge management according to Probst et al.
- Knowledge market model according to North
- Knowledge brokering and models for knowledge exchange
- Know-Net framework according to Mentzas et al.
- Competence-oriented knowledge management according to Sauter and Scholz
- Munich knowledge management model according to Reinmann-Rothmeier
- Learning organization according to Senge
- Tacit knowledge management
- Knowledge management in the federal administration: the approach of the Austrian Federal Ministry for the Civil Service
- Knowledge management and impact orientation
- Empirical experience with knowledge management in the public sector
- Knowledge management instruments - overview of methods and tools
- Knowledge management beyond the organisation: a public sector perspective
Group presentation/presentation of a knowledge management approach, group seminar work in the form of a literature search
Flipped classroom, group presentations/lectures with peer feedback, discussion, case vignettes
Knowledge in public organizations: theoretical introduction ILV
Lector: Mag. Bernhard Krabina, DI Michal Sedlacko, MSc PhD
- Knowledge society, knowledge economy and knowledge/knowing governance
- Open data, open government and transparency
- Knowledge from a sociological perspective: knowledge and practice
- Knowledge from business management perspectives: Knowledge as a resource, success and competitive factor
- Knowledge from a policy field analytical perspective: Knowledge for decision making
- Knowledge collectives and local knowledge cultures, communities of practice
- Organizational v. individual knowledge, knowledge carriers and forms
- Organizational culture and knowledge
- The learning organization
- Knowledge networks
- Knowledge and technology - digitization and the knowledge landscape
- Knowledge in the public sector: specifics
Literature-based presentation and/or seminar paper (group)
Lecture with discussion and activating methods, group work on case studies, literature-based presentations (flipped classroom)