Conditions for open innovation in public organizations: evidence from

Taha Hameduddin, Sergio Fernandez, Mehmet Akif Demircioglu

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Public organisations have long sought new ways to enhance organisational performance and employee morale, bring about organisational change, and foster innovations. While governments across the world have continually embarked upon administrative reform efforts, the efficacy and adoption of such reforms remains understudied. This study explores whether organisational and individual factors predict the adoption and use of open innovation in government. In particular, we use the case of, a novel open innovation platform in the U.S. federal government that aimed to engage the creative potential of the public in solving problems, enhance citizen engagement and public participation. Data on federal agency use of the platform was paired with existing data on employee attitudes and organisational attributes over a five-year period. Our results show that a range of managerial practices, including employee empowerment, and organisational characteristics predict the extent to which federal agencies use open innovation. We conclude with discussion of the implications for theory and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-131
Number of pages21
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Public Administration
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research is supported by the National University of Singapore (Tier 1 Ministry of Education Grant), Grant No. R-603-000-270-133 (Mehmet Akif Demircioglu) and R-603-000-344-133 (Taha Hameduddin). A previous version of this paper was presented at the 2016 Association of SPEA PhD. Students Conference (February 19, Bloomington, Indiana, USA) and the 2016 American Political Science Association Conference (September 3, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA).

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© 2020 The University of Hong Kong.


  • crowdsourcing
  • employee empowerment
  • open innovation
  • public management
  • public sector innovation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration


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