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By Jason Potts

Published: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-921348-33-4
Pages: ii+126


Editor: Jason Potts, School of Economics, The University of Queensland

The public sector is by far the dominant service provider in the modern economy, particularly with respect to health, education, infrastructure, social insurance, culture, defence, security and justice. Yet its innovation record is often weak and its innovation practices are regularly dysfunctional. Despite the vast literature on public economics and management, there still remains a deficit of analysis of public sector innovation.

This special issue redresses that gap with a particular focus on:

1. Public sector innovation incentives

2. Public sector innovation practices and outcomes; and

3. Public sector innovation models and solutions.

The innovation performance of the public sector is significant in respect of the evolutionary capabilities of the entire economy. The opportunity costs of 'sub-prime innovation' in the public sector are thus cumulatively significant. Investment in  development of innovation in this sector is thus an unambiguous although widely unrealised public good.

In an evolving economy where the activities, technologies and industries are continually changing, so too must policy adapt and change simply to keep up: an evolving economy requires evolving policy. Public policy innovation is a basic criterion for the public sector to maintain position and relevance with the business and economic evolution of the private sector and the socio-cultural transformations that it drives. Public sector innovation is thus necessary to keep pace with, in the words of Will Baumol, 'the free market innovation machine'.

These two reasons give rise to a third consideration: the role of experimentation and its implications in public sector innovation practise. It is widely recognised that a major difficulty in public sector innovation is that the incentives to try new ideas are weak or even perverse, both from within the career paths of the public sector, and without in terms of public willingness to accept policy experiments. That issue is explored in this special edition.

This collection contains contributions from researchers of innovation and the public sector, proposals for improvement, reports of innovation policy experiments, critiques of innovation policy practise, and comparisons of public versus private sector innovation. It encourages a stronger innovation culture and is important reading for public sector employees and academics.

Table of Contents

122-137   Public sector innovation research: What's next?
Jason Potts, Tim Kastelle
138-153   Innovative and entrepreneurial activity in the public sector: The changing face of public sector institutions
Belinda Luke, Martie-Louise Verreynne, Kate Kearins
154-165   Innovative power of Dutch secondary education
Carla Haelermans
166-179   Dreams of silence: Employee voice and innovation in a public sector community of practice
Francesca Gambarotto, Alberto Cammozzo
180-191   The role of promoters in effecting innovation in higher education institutions
Stefan Hüsig, Hans-Georg Mann
192-205   Understanding Web 2.0's influences on public e-services: A protection motivation perspective
Cory Cromer
206-216   Public-private innovation: Mediating roles and ICT niches of industrial research institutes
Dzamila Bienkowska, Katarina Larsen, Sverker Sörlin
217-226   Innovation in IT outsourcing relationships: Where is the best practice of IT outsourcing in the public sector?
Junghoon Moon, Bobby Swar, Young Chan Choe, Miri Chung, Gu Hyun Jung
227-237   The enabling role of the public sector in innovation: A case study of drug development in India
Kavita Mehra, Kirti Joshi
238-248   Innovation by elimination: A proposal for negative policy experiments in the public sector
Jason Potts

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