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European Journal of Information Systems

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 336–342 | Cite as

Creating social entrepreneurship in local government

  • Zahir IraniEmail author
  • Tony Elliman
Research Note

Abstract

The public sector is often considered synonym with inefficiency and a lack of motivation to be innovative. This paper seeks to contribute towards the literature surrounding social entrepreneurship in the public sector, through using institutional theory to underpin an e-Innovations model that promotes social entrepreneurship, while recognising how the adoption of innovation within the public sector is fostered. The proposed model seeks to serve as a process that threatens the conservative and risk-averse culture endemic in the public sector.

Keywords

public sector e-Innovations social entrepreneurship 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the support from the Information Systems Evaluation and Integration Group (ISEing), which supported part of this work. ISEing was established at Brunel University under a research grant from the U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC: GR/R08025/01). Ideas for this position paper came out of an EPSRC-funded grant: ‘e-Government Integration and Systems Evaluation (e-GISE)’. EPSRC Ref: [GR/T27020/01]. We acknowledge the support and additional comments provided by both Professors Ray Paul and Richard Baskerville. Their contribution did help improve the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brunel Business School, Brunel UniversityUxbridgeU.K.
  2. 2.Department of Information Systems and ComputingBrunel UniversityUxbridgeU.K.

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