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Innovation and inter-organizational learning in the context of public service reform

Hartley, Jean and Rashman, Lyndsay (2018). Innovation and inter-organizational learning in the context of public service reform. International Review of Administrative Sciences, 84(2) pp. 231–248.

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Abstract

This paper examines links between innovation and inter-organizational learning, in the context of public service reform. The theory-building and empirical research draws on longitudinal analysis, using mixed methods and multiple-stakeholder respondents, set in the context of the Beacon Scheme, an instrument of UK public service reform. The research examines two questions: first, how does inter-organizational learning contribute to innovation? Secondly, how do changes in the approach to inter-organizational learning shape changes in the approach to innovation over time? The research on the whole of English local government (N=388) used temporal bracketing to examine development in three phases over nine years. The paper builds theory about inter-organizational learning underpinning innovation, and shows that over time the approach to innovation changed, shifting from learning to imitate to learning to innovate.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Authors
ISSN: 1461-7226
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 53109
Depositing User: Tracey Moore
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2018 08:54
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2019 20:37
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/53109
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