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Organising for innovation

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/9781847426345.003.0005
Organising for innovation

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Today, hardly any of society's wicked problems can be solved through the isolated efforts of a single authority. The degree to which the public sector can interact flexibly and make relevant and valuable arrangements in the interplay with private and other non-governmental actors is a key component of the public sector's innovation capacity. Collaboration around creation and execution of government policies and services can thus take place across the public, private and third sectors — or in a combination of them all. Innovation labs are instruments for focusing creative efforts and skills. They are able to generate demand through strong internal networks and a proven track record, while they are at the same time strategic opportunists that place themselves exactly where there are concrete challenges to tackle in close interplay with their colleagues. Also, new technologies can be used as a tool for government to run more effective innovation processes.

Keywords: public sector; collaboration; innovation labs; strategic opportunists; new technologies; innovation processes

Chapter.  10244 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizations

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