Government Innovation: An Oxymoron?

Government Innovation coverThis post originally appeared in TheEDGE

The basic definition of innovation is “to challenge the status quo and constantly promote change.” However, a stable, monopolistic environment doesn’t tend to lead to innovative behaviour, and can increase its bias toward inertia over time — actively preventing innovation to maintain the status quo. We’ve seen this time and again in both the commercial and public sectors.

However, innovation is becoming a core attribute required by public sector organisations to merely keep up with the rate of change in society and develop new ways to deliver services, fulfill public needs, and become catalysts for economic growth. Constant change can be uncomfortable for people used to stable environments, but if we can harness it to drive innovation in policy development, service delivery, and in how we organise and operate the instrumentality of government, it may uncover major benefits and growth opportunities.

To explore this issue, we asked those questions that are in the minds of many people interested in public sector innovation.

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