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Contracting for innovation in public services: Capabilities, institutions and intermediation

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Publication date14/04/2019
Number of pages10
<mark>Original language</mark>English
Event28th IPSERA Annual Conference - Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Duration: 14/04/201917/04/2019


Conference28th IPSERA Annual Conference


This paper investigates how innovation intermediaries support UK public buying
organisations and suppliers to contract for innovation. We find that intermediaries fill gaps in indirect capabilities related to innovation procurement and adoption by contributing expert knowledge, brokering connections and facilitating cooperation. Intermediaries also leverage their institutional capabilities and engage in institutional work to help shape an institutional environment that fosters public sector innovation. However, there is no conclusive evidence as to whether the deployment of intermediaries’ institutional capabilities makes a difference in
terms of the scale and rate of innovation procurement and adoption.