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Mapping the landscape

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/9781847426345.003.0002
Mapping the landscape

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Public sector innovation is the process of creating new ideas and turning them into value for society. Innovation is more likely to happen in environments that are turbulent and undergoing significant change. This is triggered and highlighted through research and development, new technology, efficiency demands, employee-driven innovation, and citizen-centred innovation. There are different types of innovation present: process, product, positional and paradigm innovation. These four Ps, combined with the spectrum from incremental to radical innovation, constitute the innovation space. The chapter proposes a model for viewing the value of innovation — productivity, service, results and democracy — in the public sector. This chapter also explores how the level of consciousness of innovation as a distinct, professional discipline could be raised among politicians, public managers and staff.

Keywords: public sector innovation; radical innovation; consciousness; innovation space; productivity

Chapter.  6249 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizations

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