49: Innovation in the Public Sector
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Public sector innovation is the generic term that refers to the introduction of new elements into a public service that represents a radical discontinuity with the past. It differs from private sector innovation in that it is not intended to gain an edge on other market competitors, but aims to creates ‘public value’. The attention recently given to the topic of public sector innovation can be linked to several broader societal and economic developments that public organizations are facing. In this chapter, I discuss the concept of public sector innovation, its background and the various types of antecedents that influence innovation in the public sector. The chapter ends by discussing current gaps in the literature and possible avenues for future research.

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