The Centre for Public Management (ZVM) promotes entrepreneurial actions in the area of public administration and in non-profit organisations (NPOs) with the objective of increasing efficiency and effectiveness. To this end, we provide applied knowledge, develop practical solutions for outcome-oriented public management and conduct research in selected focus areas – especially in the field of municipal management.
The ZVM has specialised in issues in the research field of Public Management and Local Government.
The ZVM is integrated in regional, national and international knowledge and research networks. In our research activities, we focus on selected areas and adopt a decidedly application-oriented approach. The findings we gain from our applied research are incorporated in consulting services and further education programmes.
Public Management and Local Government
Strategy, Organisation and Evaluation
The Centre for Public Management (ZVM) continuously exchanges knowledge with the public sector. As part of practical dialogue, the ZVM moderates various information exchange groups and supports public administrative bodies and non-profit organisations (NPOs) in consulting projects on the issues of Public Management and Local Government, Voluntary Activities as well as Strategy, Organisation and Evaluation.
Further education programmes
The ZVM has a broad further education offering for public administrative bodies and NPOs (associations, social welfare schemes, societies, etc.). This offering includes a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS), a preparatory course for a federal examination, day courses, seminars and conferences. The general and overriding objective is to provide practical further education that is tailored to the requirements of public administrative bodies and non-profit organisations.
CAS in Management of Public Administration and NPO
Specialist course for Experts in Public Administration with Federal Certification
Specialised courses for People in Municipalities
The Centre for Public Management (ZVM) works together with the following organisations:
The BVR is a private-law association that defends public interests in the field of regional planning policy. The association promotes appropriate spatial development in the canton of Graubünden that is in line with social, economic and environmental interests. It adopts a holistic approach in demonstrating the relationships between regional planning, the economy, the environment, society and culture and distributes specialist knowledge and information in the form of publications, conferences and further education courses.
The fachstelle ostschweiz supports training enterprises in Eastern Switzerland with the training of their apprentices. The organisation’s strategic committee is the Verein Branche öffentliche Verwaltung Ostschweiz (Industry Association for Public Administration in Eastern Switzerland). This is made up of representatives of the involved associations, institutions and cantons.
The GemNova.net network has existed since 2004. Within the framework it provides, municipalities work together to develop innovative solutions and/or participate in innovative solutions on a cross-border basis. This network was developed by the Centre for Administrative Management at the University of Innsbruck and the European Academy of Bozen (EURAC). With scientifically-based and tried-and-tested ideas, experiences and instruments, GemNova.net is a mouthpiece for regional and cross-border municipal development.
The NetzSG serves as a professional association of and for employees working in St. Gallen cities and municipalities. The NetzSG focusses its activities on training and further education as well as the provision of specialist support using a modern information platform. It promotes the personal networking of its members and maintains contact with cantonal authorities.
The PVL is a politically independent association that defends and promotes the interests of its members. It represents the association’s interests to employers, draws up position statements on all issues relating to the association’s interests and promotes participation, co-determination and shared responsibility.
The VBGA was founded in 1956 and today has 250 individual and 105 group members (municipalities). The VBGA aims to take a stand on employee issues, organise training and further education courses for municipal employees and members of public authorities, maintain contact with other personnel agencies in the area of public management and train apprentices.
The VGSG is an association and belongs to the Zentralverband Staats- und Gemeindepersonal Schweiz (ZV) (Swiss Association of Government and Municipal Employees). The VGSG promotes the professional, economic, social and legal standing of government and municipal employees and defends their interests. For example, the VGSG works to ensure appropriate remuneration, employment conditions and working conditions and to preserve and increase the voice of employees with respect to personnel matters.