An Institutional Approach to Research on Public Procurement of Innovation
18 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2012 Last revised: 25 Apr 2012
Date Written: March 26, 2012
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
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