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Innovation and Public Procurement: Terminology, Concepts, and Applications

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The growing awareness of public procurement as an innovation
policy tool has recently sparked the interest of both policy makers and
researchers. While an increasing number of studies is being published
every year, an overview of the field is missing. Researchers,
practitioners, and policy makers are often using ambiguous wording and
have not yet reached consensus on the terminology and concepts involved.
This state of affairs leads to research fragmentation and lack of
knowledge convergence. For the purpose of contributing to knowledge
synthesis and consolidation, this article provides a structured review of
the literature on innovation in public procurement. From categorizing
publications based on innovation drivers, concepts, and research
approaches, the emerging structure of the field is described and
synthesized into a framework of innovation in public procurement. The
proposed framework differentiates between literature streams on (1)
innovations in the public procurement process, (2) innovation of public
services by means of procurement, and (3) the use of public procurement
as a tool for demand-side innovation policy-making. For each of these
streams of literature, different focus areas as well as research gaps and
opportunities for future research are identified. Based on analysis of
existing research, the proposed framework provides an overview of state-
of-the-art knowledge, a unified terminology, and a holistic understanding
of innovation in public procurement. The framework is both a point of
departure for future research and a source of knowledge for
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Public procurement, Innovation, Policy, Framework

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