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Open Innovation: High Hopes and Many Challenges

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During the last years different variants of it-enabled public sector open innovation have been proposed as ways
of overcoming the difficulties that public sector organizations face in terms of – on one side - limited capabilities for
innovation and – on the other side – a substantial need for innovation. While the hopes seem high, existing research has
not provided empirical research that justifies these hopes. Apparently succeeding with these approaches are harder than
originally expected. This research attempts to increase our understanding of why this is the case by identifying the
challenges that these approaches face. This is done through a systematic literature review. The research identifies a broad
range of challenges related to: public sector characteristics, the implementation of open innovation, and the execution of
open innovation projects. The research also identifies areas where we lack a proper understanding of the challenges. The
primary area, where more knowledge is needed, is how to implement, and realize value from solutions that changes both
citizen behavior, public sector organizations, infrastructure and even private sector organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th European Conference on Digital Government
EditorsTugberk Kaya
Place of publicationS.l.
PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International
Publication yearOct 2019
ISBN (print)978-1-912764-39-6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

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