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Operationalising place-based innovation in public administration


Adams, DW and Hess, M, Operationalising place-based innovation in public administration, Journal of Place Management and Development, 3, (1) pp. 8-21. ISSN 1753-8335 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1108/17538331011030248


Purpose Place-based innovation has become central to meeting the complex demands on contemporary public administration. Among the difficulties in introducing new practices is the gap between political authorisation and administrative implementation. This paper aims to use the emergence of new forms of place-based public administration involved in the (re)introduction of community-based ideas, practices and instruments into public administration to demonstrate how authorising and operationalising innovation can be addressed in practice. Design/methodology/approach The paper reviews placed-based public administration initiatives in Victoria, Australia over a decade. Findings To be effective public sector innovations need both a powerful authorising environment and also a framework for operationalisation. As with private sector innovation new ideas in the public sector often need new institutional arrangements and instruments to enable their effective take up and diffusion. These new arrangements often require the "creative destruction" of previous ways of thinking and working. Originality/value This paper contains evidence of new place-based approaches to public management, that could be of interest to other states and countries.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Entrepreneurship
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Human capital issues
UTAS Author:Adams, DW (Professor David Adams)
UTAS Author:Hess, M (Professor Michael Hess)
ID Code:75766
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2012-02-15
Last Modified:2014-12-10
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