Collective Action Problems in Public Sector Innovation: A Business Model Perspective

9 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2017

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Mattias Axelson

Stockholm School of Economics

Joakim Netz

Stockholm University - Stockholm Business School

Christian Sandström

Chalmers University of Technology

Date Written: December 2017

Abstract

We explore how the literature on business models can explain the outcomes of innovation attempts in the public sector. Our findings suggest that governments can access a well‐developed knowledge domain for a public sector area but have a weak ability to propagate its value for society. Drawing on the business model literature concerning interdependence and distributed agency, we illustrate how a collective action problem related to innovation may arise in the public sector. We illustrate this new category of public innovation challenge with the (failed) case of the Swedish civil contingencies system and subsequently discuss a new line of inquiry for future research.

Suggested Citation

Axelson, Mattias and Netz, Joakim and Sandström, Christian, Collective Action Problems in Public Sector Innovation: A Business Model Perspective (December 2017). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 26, Issue 4, pp. 370-378, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3076622 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/caim.12250

Mattias Axelson (Contact Author)

Stockholm School of Economics

PO Box 6501
Stockholm, 11383
Sweden

Joakim Netz

Stockholm University - Stockholm Business School ( email )

Sweden

Christian Sandström

Chalmers University of Technology

SE-412 96 Goteborg
Sweden

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