Sorin-Adrian Dan


Innovation and Entrepreneurship InnoLab
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Dr. Sorin Dan is Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Vaasa's Innovation and Entrepreneurship InnoLab and a member of the Administrative Sciences Research Group. He is the co-author of Digital Talent Management: Insights from the Information Technology and Communication Industry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) and the author of The Coordination of European Public Hospital Systems: Interests, Cultures and Resistance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).



  • Public Management
  • Healthcare Governance
  • Innovation Studies
  • Talent Management



  • Public Administration Reform
  • Public Sector Innovation
  • Medical Deserts
  • Digital Talent Management



TOFO 4059 'How to conduct and write a systematic literature review', 3 ECTS, PhD course, Graduate School, University of Vaasa.



A Roadmap OUT of mEdical deserts into supportive Health Workforce initiatives and policies (ROUTE-HWF), funded by EU Horizon 2020, 2021-2023, Total budget EUR 663,402, University of Vaasa share EUR 112,041, University of Vaasa Principal Investigator and Work Package Leader, Principal Investigator Ronald Batenburg, Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL).

How businesses and public sector organizations develop leadership competencies and change processes for blockchain implementation (BizPub), funded by the Foundation for Economic Education (LSR) in Finland, EUR 100,000, 2021-2022, co-Principal Investigator.

Evolving Innovation Space, RDI Policies and Impact Evaluation (ELVIS), funded by Business Finland, 2020-2022, EUR 301,540, Member of project team and Work Package Leader, Principal Investigator Jari Kuusisto, University of Vaasa.



Digitalisation Academy: Piloting and Creating a Nationwide Model to Tackle Talent Shortage and Improve Digital Competences (DA-PITO), funded by Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland, 2019-2020, EUR 140,000, Work Package Leader, Principal Investigator Mari K. Niemi, University of Vaasa.



Sorin Dan graduated from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania with a bachelor's degree in business and economics in 2007. He then completed a master's degree in public policy and administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2009). After an internship at the American Red Cross in Washington, DC he was offered the opportunity to work on a PhD in public management at the Public Governance Institute, KU Leuven, Belgium as part of the EU-funded research project "Coordinating for Cohestion in the Public Sector of the Future" (COCOPS). He completed his PhD dissertation entitled "Governed or Self-Governed? The Challenge of Coordination in European Public Hospital Systems" in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Pollitt and Prof. Trui Steen.

He then took a short break from academia and worked at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris on public governance reform. In 2016 he moved to Romania and started to work as lecturer at the Faculty of Management and IT in Oradea.

Recently he has also worked as country expert on research and capacity building projects supported by the European Commission, including "Support for Developing Better Country Knowledge on Public Administration and Institutional Capacity Building (EUPACK)" and "Progress Assessment of the ESF Support to Public Administration (PAPA)".



A detailed list of Dan's publications can be found on Google Scholar and ResearchGate.

Nakrosis, V., Dan, S., Gostautaite, R. (2022) The role of EU funding in EU member states: building administrative capacity to advance administrative reforms, International Journal of Public Sector Management, Ahead of print,, Jufo2.

Dan, S., Ivana, D., Zaharie, M., Metz, D. and Dragan, M. (2021) Digital Talent Management, Insights from the Information Technology and Communication Industry, Palgrave Macmillan,, Jufo3.

Niemi, M.K., Dan, S., Kalliokoski, J., Shahzad, K., Shakeel, S.R., Alagirisamy, R. & Laurila, I. (2021) Talent Retention and the Development of Digital Skills, A study of the ecosystem-based Digitalisation Academy located in Vaasa, Finland, Publications of the Ministry of Affairs and Employment 2021:23, Helsinki,

Kunttu, L., Kalliomäki, H., Dan, S., & Kuusisto, J. (2021) Developing Social Impact Evaluation Methods for Research: viewpoints on commercialization and sustainability, Technology Innovation Management Review, 11(5): 44-53,

Ivana, D., Dan, S. and Popovici, O.C. (2019) Customer focus in European higher education systems, in Vaduva, S., Fotea, I., Vaduva, L.P. and Wilt, R. (eds.), Applied Ethics for Entrepreneurial Success: Recommendations for the Developing World, Springer.

Dan, S. (2017) The Co-ordination of European Public Hospital Systems: Interests, Cultures and Resistance, Palgrave Macmillan,  ISBN 978-3-319-43427-8, Jufo3.

Dan, S. and Andrews, R. (2016) Market-type mechanisms and public service equity: A review of experiences in European public servicesPublic Organization Review, 16(3): 301-317. Springer.

Dan, S. and Savi, R. (2015) Payment systems and incentives in primary care: implications of recent reforms in Estonia and Romania, International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 30: 204-218.

Dan, S. and Pollitt, C. (2015) NPM can work. An optimistic review of the impact of New Public Management reforms in Central and Eastern EuropePublic Management Review. 17(9): 1305-1332, Jufo3.

Dan, S. (2014) The effects of agency reform in Europe: A review of the evidence, Public Policy and Administration, 29(3): 221-240.

Pollitt, C. and Dan, S. (2013) Searching for impacts in performance-oriented management reform: A review of the European literature, Public Performance and Management Review, 37(1): 7-32, Jufo2.

Pollitt, C. and Dan, S. (2011) The impacts of the new public management in Europe: A meta-analysis, COCOPS report, Public Management Institute, KU Leuven.



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