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Political context

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/9781847426345.003.0003
Political context

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The public sector innovation context can be described as a set of dilemmas that managers and staff face, often in each of their day-to-day decisions and service activities, and which are not necessarily resolvable. Two parameters that seem particularly difficult to manage in public organisations are institutional surroundings and objectives. This chapter highlights how the context of public organisations play a key role in setting the scene for innovation, and how it can work as barriers or driving forces for innovation capacity, depending on how the system is structured. The chapter illustrates how external expectations influence everything from interactions with citizens to organisational culture to top-level decision-making. Inflexible regulation, lack of competition, absence of long-term risk capital and a political climate that is increasingly focused on the short term and is adverse to risk are some of the potential barriers for innovation capacity.

Keywords: institutional surroundings; objectives; innovation; organisational culture; political climate

Chapter.  6584 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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