On innovation patterns and value-tensions in public services

Lars Fuglsang, Rolf Rønning

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Abstract

In the innovation studies literature, innovation patterns have been described, such as science based and practice based innovation, that varies amongst industrial sectors. As a consequence, firms become distinguished with respect to their typical innovation pattern. Less attention has been paid to the possibility of intertwined innovation patterns. Focusing public sector services, this paper agues that intertwined innovation patterns emerge within public services as a response to value-tensions. Values can be defined as measures for beneficial behaviour that guide innovation. Value-tensions in public services include tensions between the political, economic, communal, aesthetic and intellectual values. The contribution of the paper to service innovation research is the emphasis on the concept of intertwined innovation patterns, such as the intertwinement of science driven and task driven innovation. Further, the paper contributes by pinpointing how varied values guide innovation in public services.
Original languageEnglish
JournalService Industries Journal
Volume35
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)467-482
ISSN0264-2069
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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