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Survey of Innovation Capability in Public Sector
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
2017 (English)In: African Journal of Technical Education and Management, ISSN 2590-9649Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

Purpose-The purpose of this study is to explore innovation capability in public sector organisations.

Design/methodology/approach- The empirical data for this exploratory study were collected from public sector organisations during a World Bank sponsored workshop on ‘management skills in procurement’ in Ghana. The total number of the participants were 118, but 66 completed the survey for a response rate of 58 percent. Descriptive analysis was conducted to determine the main strategies used to enhance innovation capability in the public sector.

Findings- The empirical results indicate that learning, workshop participation, and use of IT appear to be important for service delivery in the public sector organisations. But the results point to a low level of innovation capability development, especially in the area of idea management and idea implementation.

Practical implications-Innovation capability is important for competitiveness and efficiency in the public sector. But the extent of capability to innovate is very low as shown in the empirical evidence. Thus, public sector managers should develop strategies for innovation and ensure systemic implementation of those strategies.

Research limitations-The limitations include the sample size and the purposive sampling technique, which limit the generalisability to a larger population of public sector organisations. While the study was confined to the Ghanaian public sector, it has implications for the development of innovation capability in other contexts and across sectors.

Originality/value- The unique contribution of this paper is the examination of innovation capability in the context of the public sector. Scholars and practitioners from both western and non-western contexts will find the study useful.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ho: Ho Technical University , 2017.
Keyword [en]
innovation capability, collaboration, public sector, learning, idea management, innovation
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Public Administration Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36235OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-36235DiVA: diva2:1180958
Available from: 2018-02-07 Created: 2018-02-07 Last updated: 2018-02-07

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