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Project Title: Intitutional Developments for Intelligent Specialization at the Székesfehérvár Campus of Corvinus University of Budapest

The aim of The Project is to assess the innovative management and development functions of public institutions in the region of Székesfehérvár, with the purpose of promoting a renewal in the public sector.

The main focus areas of the project include: 1) Solutions to regulate the public sector 2) Innovations in development policy by the public sector, notably multi-level governance, as well as urban and regional level climate and sustainability initiatives. 3) Cooperation between the public sector and NGO 4) economic development efforts to promote investment from the private sector.

Source of funding: EFOP (Human Resources Operative Programme)

Duration: 2017.02.01 – 2020.03.31.

Description of the Subproject


Our research efforts seek to reveal innovative management and development functions in the public sector and to identify their roles in the renewal of urban and regional social and economic structures.

The mission of such efforts is to support the renewal of the public sector, especially by applying approaches relating to the knowledge triangle (education, research, and innovation) and intelligent specialization. According to its geographical focus, the research aims to serve the City of Székesfehérvár and its region by revealing possibilities for cooperation between local and regional actors in the public sector, local economic and civil operators, and the Corvinus University of Budapest. The city and its region also serve as a sample area, allowing for the drawing of general conclusions on the fields of regional and development policy management and economy, cooperative public services, public service management, and decision-making concerning local economic policy.

The research also defines advanced international practices and pieces of professional literature on the basis of case studies. The study also seeks to identify possibilities for applying such advanced solutions in Székesfehérvár and its region. Since Székesfehérvár and its region demonstrated an exceptionally high rate of economic development and a unique economic structure within Hungary, there is reason to expect that some of the solutions identified in this city and region can be considered progressive even at an international level and are worthy of further scientific inquiry and presentation.

Such interdisciplinary research efforts map networks within the public sector of the region, and especially the City of Székesfehérvár, including interdependencies within the public sector and other relationships between actors in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Accordingly, research efforts are taken in four main directions and in two dimensions, as described below.

As for the dimension of internal relations within the public sector, the (1) solutions relating to the regulation of the public sector are of distinguished interest. The focus of our research efforts also include (2) development policy innovations in the public sector, with special regard to forms of cooperation under the aegis of multilevel-governance, as well as sustainable and climate conscious urban and region management efforts, and the application of the smart city concept.

As for the dimension of external relations of the public sector, our research efforts seek to reveal (3) possibilities for cooperative public services, mostly to be provided in cooperation with operators in the non-profit sector. Furthermore, (4) techniques to involve external resources in economic development (investment incentives) are also covered by the research.

Last modified: 2018.11.30.