The public sector is adopting agile but not yet at scale.
The impact of today’s rapidly changing economic and technological landscape—combined with the long-term implications of an aging population, climate change, and globalization—implicates everything from how education and health care systems need to evolve to how governments are funded. Not only will governments have to play a big role in helping citizens and institutions adapt, but they will also need to look at how governments of the future need to be structured to deliver to citizens. Explore BCG’s latest thought leadership to learn how governments of the future can deliver more with less.
The public sector is adopting agile but not yet at scale.
Governments need new structures that are suited to today’s world, but implementing a dramatic overhaul is tough. Here’s how public sector leaders can get started.
Like for-profit organizations, public-sector agencies can use impact centers and new ways of working to collaborate, streamline processes, and improve change management.
Governments and public agencies must make leader development a key pillar of their strategies for the future. Here’s how.
Infrastructure is a powerful driver of economic development and the overall well-being of citizens. Here’s how two countries—India and Indonesia—have made impressive improvements.
The digital revolution presents huge opportunities for developing nations that have the right strategies and can mobilize their entrepreneurs and pools of hidden innovators.
Governments need a dashboard—one that tracks not just economic growth but also citizens’ well-being and happiness levels—in order to understand how their performance stacks up.
Explore the SEDA interactive to find out how countries compare when it comes to the well-being of their citizens—and which nations are making the most progress.
Dealing with an outbreak on this scale requires solutions on both the supply and demand side, as BCG experts argue in the journal Health Management and Policy Innovation.
Through strategies of combination, hospitals can take the lead in creating more integrated health systems that deliver better outcomes at lower cost.
Hospitals are increasingly buying medtech products and services less on the basis of initial purchase price and more on the total value they create—for patients, clinical staff, and society.
Health systems should approach value-based payment holistically—as one element in a broader transformation agenda.
To deliver improved value to patients, national health systems must rethink their approach to health sector governance.
As more AI applications make their way into citizens' everyday lives, it’s imperative that governments act on the strategies that they have put forward and strengthen their positions in the AI space.
Realizing the full potential of AI will take more than developing IT capabilities. The public must trust that its use will be both legal and ethical.
The acting administrator of the US Digital Service wants to make using government services as easy as checking your bank account on your mobile phone.
Most government-directed digital transformations fail in entirely predictable—and avoidable—ways. Don’t fall into these five traps.
School leaders had little time to prepare for the crisis. Careful scenario planning can help them weather the closures and reopen from a position of strength.
Colleges and universities are on the frontlines of the outbreak. Here’s how their leaders can respond to immediate needs and plan for their institutions’ resilience.
Countries must strive to achieve human-capital development that serves the economies of tomorrow.
Despite a worldwide economic resurgence, growth in employment is mixed. Governments must capitalize on the digitally integrated global economy to create jobs.
While the “green shift” has been on Norwegian business leaders’ agenda for several years, we are now starting to see real impact. Companies are shifting their approach to sustainability from avoiding negative consequences to building competitive advantages through green efficiency (increased resource efficiency) or green growth (innovation in products or services).
What role will Sweden play in the 21st century? Will its society and companies be able to constantly reinvent themselves, and against the increasing competition of the global challengers? A strategy for Sweden needs to be solidly founded on setting the right priorities, enabling the creation of both wealth and well-being. This report is available in English and Swedish.
The Nordic countries are losing their competitiveness, and a transformation is needed to change direction. We believe that by addressing the workforce gap—caused by the aging population—and by stimulating the most productive industries, the Nordics could return to a path of healthy economic growth.
The much-admired Nordic model is showing cracks. The Nordics must act now and act fast to transform the model in order to continue to create wealth and well-being in the years to come. The framework for business transformation—funding the journey, winning in the medium term, and securing the right team, organization, and culture—is highly relevant to their transformation efforts.
The Baltic Sea is in a critical state, and eutrophication, caused by excess nutrients in the water, is one of the major threats. Measures to limit human-caused nutrient load have been enacted, but progress has been too slow. Read report executive summary in Swedish, Finnish, and Polish.
The acquisitions process is notoriously time-consuming and onerous, but governments can attract stronger bids—and get quicker results—by taking action in five key areas.
When used in conjunction with conventional methods, market-informed design and sourcing (MIDAS) can help governments deliver more successful procurement outcomes and greater financial and nonfinancial value.
Startups are revolutionizing nearly every segment of the US economy. To partner with more of these companies, the government must communicate with them more effectively and modify its approach to contracting.
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Local problem solvers can drive change for city residents—but only if municipal governments embrace less prescriptive, more collaborative models.
Cities are getting smarter about mobility. And with agile approaches, they can unleash the true power of apps, big data, and other technologies to unclog transportation networks.
Digital platforms are likely to be the next game changers in city transport—but providers must reconcile conflicting stakeholder needs to emerge as winners.
As cities become larger, governments strain to meet the needs of growing populations. Technology can help, but it’s only one part of a broader solution.
Platforms and procurement models are evolving rapidly, offering improved intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities to militaries and boosting a fast-growing market. To capitalize, defense contractors can’t rely on the business models of the past.
Militaries are at risk of missing their operational targets. Three HR reforms from the private sector can ensure they have the people and skills they need.
New commercial competitors are small and fast, and they’re developing breakthrough technologies that the military wants. Some incumbents are underestimating the threat.