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Innovative and entrepreneurial activity in the public sector : the changing face of public sector institutions

Luke, Belinda G., Kearins, Kate, & Verreynne, Martie-Louise (2010) Innovative and entrepreneurial activity in the public sector : the changing face of public sector institutions. Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice, 12(2), pp. 138-153.

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Abstract

This paper investigates the elements which support innovative and entrepreneurial activity in New Zealand’s state owned enterprises (SOEs). An inductive case study design, involving interview data, textual analysis, and observation, was applied to three SOEs. Findings reveal that those aspects typically associated with entrepreneurship, such as innovation, risk acceptance, pro-activeness and growth, are often supported by a number of unexpected elements within the public sector. These elements include culture, branding, operational excellence, cost efficiency, and knowledge transfer. The implications are twofold. First, that innovative and entrepreneurial activity in the public sector can go beyond policy-making, with SOEs representing an important policy decision and sector of the New Zealand Government. And second, that the impact of several SOEs on international markets suggests competition on the global stage will increasingly come from both public and private sector organizations.

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ID Code: 37241
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: innovation, entrepreneurship, state-owned enterprises, New Zealand
ISSN: 1447-9338
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 eContent Management Pty Ltd.
Deposited On: 24 Sep 2010 15:15
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:29

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