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The role of government in open innovation: Insights from UK policy for public procurement of R&D

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Publication date1/07/2017
Number of pages10
<mark>Original language</mark>English
EventEurOMA 2017: Inspiring Operations Management - Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 1/07/20175/07/2017
Conference number: 24th


ConferenceEurOMA 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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Governments are major customers and thus have a unique capability to shape supply chains and promote innovation in the supply base. However, the operations and supply management (OSM) literature has largely neglected the role of government procurement in stimulating innovation. We empirically examine the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), a UK policy for public procurement of R&D. The SBRI helps in addressing market and systems failures and creating markets for new technologies, but its full potential remains unrealised. More generally, we demonstrate the importance for OSM to embrace a wider set of actors in the understanding of supply chain phenomena.