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The innovation ecosystem

christian bason

in Leading public sector innovation

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9781847426345
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302681 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426345.003.0001
The innovation ecosystem

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More governments are realising the necessity of an innovation ecosystem. This chapter establishes the framework of an ecosystem of innovation, its relevance and four key dimensions — consciousness, capacity, co-creation and courage — as well as its main barriers and potentials for public sector innovation. The innovation ecosystem proposes an integrated way of looking at public organisations' innovation efforts that includes the key mutually dependent structures, processes and leadership roles that can drive or impede change within and beyond the public sector. Further, this chapter contends that building an innovation ecosystem across all its four dimensions greatly enhances its resilience: its capacity to tolerate the pressures and disturbances that will seek to diminish its stability and performance.

Keywords: innovation ecosystem; consciousness; capacity; co-creation; courage; public sector; resilience

Chapter.  3121 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizations

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