The Effect of Stakeholder Inclusion on Public Sector Project Innovation

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Godenhjelm , S & Johanson , J-E 2018 , ' The Effect of Stakeholder Inclusion on Public Sector Project Innovation ' , International Review of Administrative Sciences , vol. 84 , no. 1 , pp. 42-62 .

Title: The Effect of Stakeholder Inclusion on Public Sector Project Innovation
Author: Godenhjelm, Sebastian; Johanson, Jan-Erik
Contributor organization: Swedish School of Social Science Subunit
Democracy, Political Participation and Institutional Change
Date: 2018-03
Language: eng
Number of pages: 21
Belongs to series: International Review of Administrative Sciences
ISSN: 0020-8523
Abstract: The delivery of public services in collaborative agency networks has given rise to an increasing use of projects in administering policy and service delivery. Projects are assumed to provide mechanisms by which flexibility can be achieved and innovative solutions produced. The aim of the article is to advance the understanding of collaboration between stakeholders and its effect on innovation. It analyses stakeholders' influence on the creation of project innovations in 275 European Union-funded projects by using content analyses and logistic regression analyses. The results show that projects can act as hubs where valuable information is produced but that few projects produce innovations. Project stakeholder network, knowledge dissemination and project influence, as well as sources of advice, play a role in predicting project innovations. The article concludes that the overly optimistic view of collaboration as a remedy for a lack of innovation in the public sector can be questioned. Points for practitioners The results of the article help practitioners to compose public sector development projects that foster innovation. The results suggest that it pays to include representatives of research and education facilities among project staff as their inclusion predicts the possibilities of achieving innovations. The empirical findings provide insight into project innovation and indicate which practices to avoid. It is suggested that when managed correctly, stakeholder inclusion has an effect on public sector project innovation.
Subject: 517 Political science
512 Business and Management
public administration research
Public management
Service delivery
citizen participation
public administration
regional and local government
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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