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Conditions for complex innovations: evidence from public organizations

  • Mehmet Akif DemirciogluEmail author
  • David B. Audretsch
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Abstract

Despite the growing interest in understanding innovative activities, an important limitation of the current literature on innovation—both public and private—is an assumption that innovative activity is a homogeneous phenomenon. However, most innovative activities are heterogeneous in nature. One way of characterizing innovation heterogeneity is the complexity of innovations. Using data from public organizations, this paper is one of the first studies to develop a framework for and provide an empirical test of the main influences on innovation complexity within the public sector context. The empirical evidence suggests that employees’ innovative behavior and cooperation, along with collaborating with important external sources and the ability to work in a complex environment, are positively associated with complex innovations in the public sector, suggesting that the influences on complex innovations span the individual, work group, and external environment levels. However, an organization’s leadership quality and innovation climate do not have any statistical effect on complex innovations.

Keywords

Innovation Innovation complexity Public sector innovation Public organizations 

JEL Classification

C12 C21 M10 M38 O31 O32 O38 

Notes

Funding

Funding was provided by National University of Singapore (Grant No. R-603-000-270-133).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lee Kuan Yew School of Public PolicyThe National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Institute for Development Strategies, School of Public and Environmental AffairsIndiana University-BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA

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