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Characteristics of Innovation and Innovation Adoption in Public Organizations: Assessing the Role of Managers

Posted: 30 Jun 2009  

Fariborz Damanpour

Rutgers Business School, Newark

Marguerite Schneider

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Date Written: July 2009

Abstract

Studies of the association between innovation characteristics and innovation adoption at the level of organization are scarce. This study develops direct and moderating hypotheses for the relationship between innovation characteristics, manager characteristics, and innovation adoption in public organizations. The hypotheses are tested using survey data on the adoption of 25 innovations in 725 local governments in the United States and data from a panel of experts. The findings suggest that both innovation characteristics and manager characteristics influence the adoption of innovation; however, they do not reveal significant moderating effects of manager characteristics on the relationship between innovation characteristics and innovation adoption. The implications of the findings are discussed for further research on innovation adoption in the public sector.

Suggested Citation

Damanpour, Fariborz and Schneider, Marguerite, Characteristics of Innovation and Innovation Adoption in Public Organizations: Assessing the Role of Managers (July 2009). Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Vol. 19, Issue 3, pp. 495-522, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1425967 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jopart/mun021

Fariborz Damanpour (Contact Author)

Rutgers Business School, Newark ( email )

111 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

Marguerite Schneider

New Jersey Institute of Technology ( email )

University Heights
Newark, NJ 07102

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