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Leading public sector innovation
Co-creating for a better society

Christian Bason
Paperback, 288 pages, 234 x 156 mm
Other formats available
27 Oct 2010


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North America customers can order this book here from the University of Chicago Press.

"Christian Bason has written a book that should be read by everyone interested in public sector innovation. With clear writing and concrete examples, he demonstrates how public officials can embrace a new way of thinking - despite some challenging obstacles. Bason's hands-on experience at MindLab makes the book extremely practical. As problems grow more complex, the innovation culture described in the book becomes increasingly important."
John O'Leary, Research Fellow, Ash Center, The Harvard Kennedy School of Government
'This book can be recommended to those interested in developing innovation within their own services, for no other text has provided such a rich, detailed and accessible guide.' - Social Policy
"Innovation in public services will be a critical issue for professionals, politicians and the public in the next decade. Christian Bason's book provides a massively valuable and timely contribution to thinking and action on the subject providing both practical advice and theoretical frameworks."
David Albury, Visiting Professor in Innovation Studies, Kings College London
"Christian Bason combines a strong intellectual foundation with real on-the-ground experience and a wide understanding relevant of global developments. His book is an indispensible source of knowledge for anyone interested in public sector innovation."
Patricia Kelly, Deputy Secretary, Australian Government, Department of Innovation, Industry, Science & Research

About This Book

In a time of unprecedented turbulence, how can public sector organisations increase their ability to find innovative solutions to society's problems? "Leading public sector innovation" shows how government agencies can use co-creation to overcome barriers and deliver more value, at lower cost, to citizens and business. Through inspiring global case studies and practical examples, the book addresses the key triggers of public sector innovation. It shares new tools for citizen involvement through design thinking and ethnographic research, and pinpoints the leadership roles needed to drive innovation at all levels of government. "Leading public sector innovation" is essential reading for public managers and staff, social innovators, business partners, researchers, consultants and others with a stake in the public sector of tomorrow.

"This is an excellent book, setting out a clear framework within which the practical issues involved in public sector innovation are explored, using insights drawn from extensive practical experience of implementing and supporting it. It draws on an impressive range of research and relevant wider experience in both public and private sectors and is written in a clear and persuasive style. The book offers an excellent synthesis of principles, practices and tools to enable real traction on the innovation management problem - and it ought to find a place on any manager's bookshelf." John Bessant, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer and Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Exeter Business School

Author Biography

Christian Bason is the Director of MindLab, a cross-ministerial innovation unit in Denmark. He was formerly responsible for the public organisation and management practice of Ramboll, an international consultancy. As an experienced presenter and facilitator, he has served as advisor to numerous public institutions around the world. He has also been a university lecturer and is the author of three previous books on citizen involvement, leadership and innovation in the public sector.


The Innovation ecosystem
Part one: Consciousness: Mapping the landscape
Part two: Capacity: Political context
Organising for innovation
People and culture
Part three: Co-creation: Design thinking in government
Citizen involvement
Orchestrating co-creation
Measuring to learn
Part four: Courage: Four leadership roles.


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Leading public sector innovation
This book is extremely timely, coming as it does at a time when innovation looks like the best bet for making public services sustainable in the face of environmental, social and economic challenges. Bason presents a well argued and practical approach to promoting innovation within organisations that are by their very nature often resistant to change. He offers a useful analysis of the advantages of and barriers to developing innovative services and getting them mainstreamed, supported by examples from a range of sectors and countries. Bason's basic premise is that innovation largely equates to developing services based on co-creation and he acknowledges the role of leadership and courage in promoting such approaches. The role of evaluation and research in providing the evidence base for innovation is also highlighed. ,Overall this is a highly practical and inspirational guide to innovation that will be of interest to anyone involved in the public service sector. Inspirational and practical
Reviewed by Simon Evans

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