Innovation & Anerkendelse: Innovation & Acknowledgement

Asbjørn Busk Jørgensen, Johan Gabriel Brandt Knuth, Jacob Karmann Nyby, Thor Ekberg Bonde & Peter Glipstrup-Bonde

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Abstract The paper deals with the challenges met by innovations in the public sector. These challenges are perceived as barriers caused by conditions unique for the public sector, as well as barriers, which have emerged as a result of New Public Management as a dominant strategy for innovation. The empirical knowledge has been collected through a casestudy of a public innovation process in Fredericia municipality. This innovation process is called “Længst muligt i eget liv”. This process evolves around a complete reorganisation of the municipality’s domiciliary care. The core of the innovation is the municipality’s particular form of domiciliary care, where focus is rehabilitation of the elderly, instead of the traditional care, which was based on an idea of compensation. 
 The papers primary methodology of date geration is qualitative interviews. This method has been combined with analysis of documents as well as statistic material. These choices find their contention in the papers scientific theoretical approach, which is critical theory. The scientific theoretical approach to ontology and epistemology charts the course for the entire paper. 
 The papers conceptual framework is combined of general theory on innovation processes, New Public Management as a strategy for innovation, differences between the public and the private sector - understood both on micro and macro levels as well as the theory of “Workplace based innovation”. 
 The analysis of the empirical data is organised as a criticism of New Public Management as a strategy for innovation, in order to expose the negative embedded mechanism it contains. The criticism has its foundation in the experiences found in the empirical data, the conceptual framework, as well as Axel Honneths third form of acknowledgement. 
 The analysis concludes, that the rehabilitating form of domiciliary care seen in Fredericia municipality requires a innovation process, where the employee is acknowledged for his/her personal as well as professional competences. This is seen as a the opposite of an innovation strategy lead after the principles of New Public Management, which through its creation of quasi-markets, demands a focus on positivistic measurability, performance and efficiency instead of effect. 
 The analysis also concludes, that the increasing acknowledgment of the employee is achieved through greater responsibility, greater autonomy and a particular kind of organizational structure, that makes streams of knowledge possible. 
 Based on the conclusion, a normative ideal concerning public innovation processes is formed. 
 In the end it is discussed, whether an innovation process stating the importance of acknowledgment is even viable, when the rationale of New Public Management is based on a continuingly sturdy positivistic scientific theoretical approach. 

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2014


  • Normativt Ideal
  • Offentlig
  • analogi
  • Innovationsproces
  • Sørendansme
  • Anerkendelse
  • Fredericia
  • possitivisme
  • Innovation
  • Offentlig sektor
  • Længst muligt i eget liv
  • Kritisk Teori
  • Barrierer
  • Torfing
  • New Public Management
  • Hjemmepleje
  • abduktion
  • Honneth