The challenges faced by public sector innovators

Manley, Karen (2001) The challenges faced by public sector innovators. In Technology Transfer and Innovation Conference, 26-28 September, 2001, Brisbane, Australia.

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Much research has been conducted into how government policy can help promote higher levels of R&D and innovation in the public sector. There has been a similarly strong focus in the literature on R&D undertaken by public sector organisations and the importance of linkages with the private sector in the commercialisation of R&D outputs. On the other hand, there has been very little research on innovation in the broad range of techniques and strategies used to carry-out the responsibilities of the public sector, initiated by innovators within government departments and agencies. Further, the insights that are available are found in a very broad range of literature. Hence, a research project was formulated to bring together the disparate contributions to the topic of innovation in the public sector, in an effort to help define it as an important subject for scholarly investigation. This paper reports on one dimension of that endeavour, bringing together the literature on the challenges faced by public-sector innovators. This theme of 'challenges', as opposed to say 'opportunities' was the strongest to emerge in the wide ranging survey undertaken. The research revealed little cross-fertilisation of ideas between relevant fields and a key contribution of this project is to redress this problem. In combining fragmented ideas, the research has produced an insightful picture of an important element of public-sector innovation.

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ID Code: 7929
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Innovation, public sector, policy
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Deposited On: 30 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:41

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