Public Management and Development: agility and digitisation in transit

How do you successfully counter the effects of digital transformation on organisations? Which agile methods, concepts and digital instruments can be usefully applied in the public and non-profit sectors? You will learn the answers to these questions on this course.

The continuing education course in "Public Management and Development: agility and digitisation in transit" is designed for managers, project managers and internal and external consultants working in public administration and the non-profit sector:

  • You will be made familiar with agile concepts and drivers of digitisation and their transformative impact on your administrative or non-profit organisation.
  • You will learn how to apply agile methods and instruments to successfully counter the effects of digital transformation on your organisation.
  • You will explore the cultural, political and structural characteristics of administrative and non-profit organisations.
  • You will learn to identify in your organisation opportunities to design the digital transformation process using agile methods.


  • Degree/Certificate Specialist course
  • Duration 7 study days
  • Schedule According to schedule
  • Application deadline 6 weeks before start, later registration also possible if places are available
  • ECTS credits 4 ECTS credits (these are only awarded upon completion of the entire CAS Public Management & Development)
  • Costs CHF 2,850
  • Teaching language German
  • Location Bern
  • Department Business
  • Next session see timetable

Content and structure


You will learn about agile methods and digital instruments for creating a tailor-made transformation process. Digitisation and the changing needs of internal and external stakeholders mean that new approaches need to be introduced in administrative and non-profit organisations.

On this course, you will learn how to use newly identified design options to take your organisation to a new level with agile means.

Course objectives

Graduates of this course:

  • Will be aware of concepts and drivers of digitisation and their transformative impact on organisations.
  • Will be able to apply agile methods and instruments with which they can successfully counter the effects of digital transformation on their organisation.
  • Will be able to identify design options in their organisation with which it will be possible to use agile methods to promote digital transformation.
  • Will know and be able to compare different methods of agile solution development and reflect on them in relation to their leadership and own leadership activities.
  • Digitisation and the world of work 4.0: what does this mean for management and for your organisation?
  • How can public sector organisations work qualitatively better, more effectively and efficiently through digitisation and agile methods?
  • What are the most important agile means and digital standard solutions through which 80% of the benefits of digitisation can be achieved?
  • How do you successfully implement digital transformation without risks and undesirable side effects?
  • What are currently the most important future trends in digitisation?
  • Agile methods as working principles in teams and in organisations
  • Different agile methods in comparison and practical test including presentations of visits to organisations

The transfer of practical experience is an essential element of this continuing education course. For this reason, professional teaching methods will be used to extend your acquired knowledge.

  • Classroom instruction
  • Keynote presentations by experts
  • Practical exercises and discussions
  • Concrete case work (in own context)
  • Group assignments
  • Presentations

Organisational visit: by means of observation and interviews, information on the use of agile methods will be collected and summarised for selected organisations. The results of these organisational visits will additionally be presented and discussed on the last day of the course (including a review of the theory-practice transfer).

Components of the proof of competence:

  • Presentation including the accompanying documentation
  • Moderation of the discussion following the presentation

Title + qualification

Confirmation of attendance of the course

This specialist course is part of the CAS Public Management and Development course.


Our lecturers are proven experts with extensive practical and theoretical knowledge in their subject areas. They have at least a university degree plus many years of experience in higher education. 

Requirements and admission

This CAS course is designed for managers, project managers and internal and external consultants working in the public sector and the social, educational and health sectors.

You do not need to meet any specific admission requirements to participate in this specialist course. If you would like your completion of this specialist course to be credited towards the CAS Public Management and Development course, the general requirements for admission to university-level continuing education will apply.

You have 3 years from attending the first day of the first specialised course to complete the CAS.

Organisation and registration

Course commencement: 21 January 2021
This specialist course is run in collaboration with the Department of Social Work at BFH.

Direct to the online registration

The general terms and conditions apply. We reserve the right to make changes. In case of doubt, the wording of the official BFH regulations are binding. 

Advice and information events

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Information events

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Phone: 031 848 34 02

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