Public value creation through collaborative innovation

Barbara C Crosby, Paul ‘t Hart, Jacob Torfing

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This article explores how public managers can use insights about public sector innovation and public value governance to make more than incremental progress in remedying society’s most pressing needs. After outlining the features of public innovation, it considers some traditional barriers to achieving it. It then considers the usefulness of the public value framework for managers seeking to design innovative solutions for complex problems, and examines the type of leadership that is likely to foster collaborative innovation and public value. It finishes by offering levers for achieving innovation by adopting design logics and practices associated with inclusive, experimentalist governance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-669
Number of pages15
JournalPublic Management Review
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 28 2017

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  • Public value
  • arenas
  • co-creation
  • collaborative public management
  • forums
  • governance
  • innovation
  • public leadership


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