Innovation in the public sector: it's not an oxymoron

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Public sector innovation is alive and well according a new book by UTSC Management Professor Sandford Borins.

In The Persistence of Innovation in Government, Borins explores the changing landscape of American public sector innovation and addresses the enduring significance of innovation at the federal, state and municipal levels. He finds that a large proportion, approximately half of the innovations, is developed by frontline employees and
middle managers.

He also challenges practitioners and academics alike to exploit the potential of innovation awards data to further our understanding of “serial innovators” and “hotbeds of innovation.” These, Borins says, are the agents that make the public sector into successful innovators.