On the Bumpy Road Towards Open Government: The Not-Invented-Here Syndrome as a Major Pothole

27 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2018

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Lisa Schmidthuber

Johannes Kepler University

David Antons

RWTH Aachen University

Dennis Hilgers

JKU Linz | Institute for Public and Nonprofit Management; RWTH Aachen University - Technology and Innovation Management Group

Date Written: June 27, 2018

Abstract

This paper investigates the role of public employees in absorbing external knowledge. Triggered by open government initiatives and open calls for participation, external actors are invited to integrate ideas, solutions, or experience into public organizations. Such exploitation of valuable external knowledge across organizational interfaces might, however, be hindered by negative attitudes of public employees towards external input. The rejection of outside knowledge by internal actors is known as the Not-Invented-Here syndrome. This paper sheds light on NIH attitudes in public organizations. After reviewing the state of the art of research on NIH, it emphasizes rethinking NIH in the public sector. The in-depth discussion of previous work thus serves to derive an extensive agenda for future research.

Keywords: Public Innovation, Knowledge Transfer, Not-Invented-Here Syndrome, Open Government, Open Innovation

Suggested Citation

Schmidthuber, Lisa and Antons, David and Hilgers, Dennis, On the Bumpy Road Towards Open Government: The Not-Invented-Here Syndrome as a Major Pothole (June 27, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3203741 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3203741

Lisa Schmidthuber (Contact Author)

Johannes Kepler University ( email )

Linz
Austria

David Antons

RWTH Aachen University ( email )

Templergraben 55
52056 Aachen, 52056
Germany

Dennis Hilgers

JKU Linz | Institute for Public and Nonprofit Management ( email )

Altenbergerstrasse 69
Linz, A4040
Austria

HOME PAGE: http://www.pnp.jku.at

RWTH Aachen University - Technology and Innovation Management Group ( email )

Kackertstr. 15
Aachen, 52072
Germany

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