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The Purpose of Public Sector Open Innovation

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Why do public sector organizations use open innovation (OI), and for which purposes do it make sense from an egovernment perspective? This research reviews the public sector OI literature and the applications of OI referred to by the papers. Many sources perceive OI as a way of making the public sector more open. The argument here is that OI is a way for public authorities to reach out and engage other organizations and citizens in initiatives that impact societal challenges related to resources in society that cannot be dealt with by public authorities in isolation. The research indicates that the primary purpose of public sector OI is to plan, innovate, develop, recruit, improve, maintain and optimize the exploitation of material and immaterial societal resources in domains (such as the transportation systems) outside public sector organizations. These resources are characterized by being only partially under the control of public authorities, but also by public sector authorities having large responsibilities and both political and economic interests in them
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th European Conference on Digital Government
EditorsR. Bouzas-Lorenzo, A. Cernadas Ramos
PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International
Publication year2018
ISBN (print)978-1-912764-03-7
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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