An Institutional Approach to Research on Public Procurement of Innovation

18 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2012 Last revised: 25 Apr 2012

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Max Rolfstam

Aalborg University - Department of Business and Management

Date Written: March 26, 2012

Abstract

The role of public procurement as a means to stimulate innovation has been increasingly emphasised the last few years. The general argument is that by applying intelligent demand, public agencies can stimulate private sector innovation that will eventually sustain competitive advantage in a global economy. The emphasis on public procurement used as an innovation policy instrument challenges currently institutional practices and skills. The article is based on the assumption that the innovation research community could inform this policy discourse, in particular by drawing on institutional theory, but in order to fully utilise this potential further revision of the research perspectives seen needs to be done. The article therefore discusses an institutional approach based on three modes; ‘Multilevel institutional analysis’, 'Endogenous and exogenous institutions', and ‘Institutions as rationalities’, arguing that such an approach would help to increase innovation research quality and policy relevance.

Keywords: Public procurement of innovation, Public Procurement, Innovation, Institutions, Research, Innovation Policy

Suggested Citation

Rolfstam, Max, An Institutional Approach to Research on Public Procurement of Innovation (March 26, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2029318 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2029318

Max Rolfstam (Contact Author)

Aalborg University - Department of Business and Management ( email )

Aalborg, DK-9220
Denmark

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