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Innovation in City Governments: Structures, Networks and Leadership

Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook

Jenny M Lewis, Lykke Margot Ricard, Erik Hans Klijn, Tamyko Ysa

Innovation has become an important focus for governments around the world over the last decade, with greater pressure on governments to do more with less, and expanding community expectations. Some are now calling this ‘social innovation’ – innovation that is related to creating new services that have value for stakeholders (such as citizens) in terms of the social and political outcomes they produce.

Innovation in City Governments: Structures, Networks, and Leadership establishes an analytical framework of innovation capacity based on three dimensions:

Structure - national governance and traditions, the local socioeconomic context, and the municipal structure
Networks – interpersonal connections inside and outside the organization
Leadership – the qualities and capabilities of senior individuals within the organization.
Each of these are analysed using data from a comparative EU research project in Copenhagen, Barcelona and Rotterdam.

The book provides major new insights on how structures, networks and leadership in city governments shape the social innovation capacity of cities. It provides ground-breaking analyses of how governance structures and local socio-economic challenges, are related to the innovations introduced by these cities. The volume maps and analyses the social networks of the three cities and examines boundary spanning within and outside of the cities. It also examines what leadership qualities are important for innovation.

Innovation in City Governments: Structures, Networks, and Leadership combines an original analytical approach with comparative empirical work, to generate a novel perspective on the social innovation capacity of cities and is critical reading for academics, students and policy makers alike in the fields of Public Management, Public Administration, Local Government, Policy, Innovation and Leadership.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages196
ISBN (print)978-1-138-94231-8
ISBN (electronic)978-1-315-67320-2
StatePublished - 5 Jan 2017
SeriesRoutledge Critical Studies in Public Management

Note re. dissertation

Reviews: "If you are interested in how social structure can deeply influence social innovation outcomes, or in jump-starting social innovation in your city, this book will provide clear insights about how the way we lead, organize, and interact affects the way we innovate as a society." –Michael W-P Fortunato, Sam Houston State University, USA

    Research areas

  • ???Innovation??? - innovation, innovation capacity, Innovation networks, innovation leadership, innovation structures, Leadership

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