Sorin Dan

Assistant Professor

School of Management, Public Management
+358 29 449 8514
Wolffintie 34, 65200 Vaasa
Ankkuri 3.floor

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Dr. Sorin Dan (PhD, KU Leuven, Belgium) is Assistant Professor of Public Management (tenure-track) in the School of Management at the University of Vaasa in Finland where he teaches in administrative sciences and conducts research on public sector reform and innovation particularly in governmental organizations. He is a member of the Public Policy and Governance research group at the University of Vaasa.

Sorin Dan 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).

He has offered consultancy services to the OECD and the European Commission and has authored over 30 publications. Dan's research has appeared in various journals including Public Management Review, International Journal of Health Policy and Management, International Journal of Public Sector Management, Public Policy and Administration or Public Performance & Management Review.


Public management reform, Public sector innovation, Digital transformation in the public sector


PhD in Social Sciences (Public management), KU Leuven, Public Governance Institute, Leuven, Belgium (2015)

Master's in Public Policy and Administration, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, USA (2009)

Bachelor's in Business and Economics, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2007)


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 started his 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 the late Professor Christopher Pollitt whom he had gotten to know closely and with whom he had worked together throughout his doctorate.

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 back to Romania and started to work as lecturer at the Faculty of Management and Information Technology, Emanuel University in Oradea. In May 2019 he moved to Finland with his family and started working in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Innolab research platform at the University of Vaasa.


HTM3216 The Future of Public Administration, 5 ECTS, Master's in Administrative Sciences

HTM3215 Paradoxes and Dark Sides of Innovation and Reform, 5 ECTS, Master's in Administrative Sciences

TOFO4059 How to conduct and write a systematic literature review, 3 ECTS, PhD course, Graduate School


A Roadmap OUT of mEdical deserts into supportive Health Workforce initiatives and policies (ROUTE-HWF), funded by the 3rd EU Health Programme, 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.


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.


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

Haug, N., Dan, S. and Mergel, I. (2023) Digitally-induced change in the public sector: A systematic review and research agenda, Public Management Review,, Jufo3.

Nakrosis, V., Dan, S., Gostautaite, R. (2023) The role of EU funding in EU member states: building administrative capacity to advance administrative reforms, International Journal of Public Sector Management, 36(1): 1-19,, Jufo2.

Flinterman, L. E., González-González, A. I., Bes, J., Seils, L., Ballester, M., Bañeres, J., Dan, S., Domaga?a, A., Dubas-Jakóbczyk, K., Likic, R., Kroezen, M., Batenburg, R. (2023) Characteristics of medical deserts and approaches to mitigate their health workforce issues: A scoping review of empirical studies in Western countries, International Journal of Health Policy and Management,

Marcec, R., Seils, L., González-González, A. I., Dubas-Jakóbczyk, K., Domaga?a, A., Dan, S., Flinterman, L., Likic, R., Batenburg, R. (2023) Tackling Medical Deserts: Unearthing Factors that Influence Medical Students' Attitudes and the Path Forward, Postgraduate Medical Journal, qgad042,

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 services, Public 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 Europe, Public 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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