This paper is part of the H2020 research project ‘Understanding value co-creation in public services for transforming European public administrations — Co-VAL’. It contributes to the empirical analysis of WP6 which deals with ‘Structural transformations: public-private innovation networks and social innovation in public services’.
Literature on Public Sector Innovation, social innovation, Co-Creation, Public Private Partnerships, Service Innovation, Multiagent Framework
To the best of our knowledge, no comprehensive review of PSINSIs in a Danish context has been made so far.
The paper reviews the theoretical, empirical and “grey” literature on national public service innovation networks for social innovation ( PSINSI) in the specific Danish context. The RQs address the nature of PSINSIs (what they are), what they are used for, how they are organized and the main results achieved.
We conducted a literature review. The documents have been retrieved from Google and key web sites of Danish governmental and research organizations.
We looked for Danish theoretical, empirical and 'grey literature', written both in Danish and in English. The search resulted into 225 reports that were screened for relevance first by looking at abstracts and introduction and through the whole report/paper. We selected 23 relevant documents, which were grouped into themes.
• Secondary documents and academic article as described above
The study finds that the Danish theoretical, empirical and “grey” literature on national public service innovation networks for social innovation ( PSINSI) can be grouped according to 4 themes: 1) ‘Samskabelse’ (co-creation), 2) collaboration with the civil society, 3) social entrepreneurs and social innovation, 4) public-private innovation partnerships. These themes are described in depth in the review of the literature. In particular, the study discusses which agents are involved in the PSINSIs, the role played by the public agents, the nature of the target innovation and finally the main sector concerned by the innovation in question.
Contribution to Scholarship
The main contribution of this study consists of the systematic review of the concept and application of PSINSis in the particular Danish context, highlighting that the concept takes several forms and names in the Danish literature.
Contribution to Practice
The study may be relevant to public sector managers and servants, private organizations as well as other societal actors interested to start and engage in PSINSIs related projects both in Denmark and in other countries. The review, in fact, presents and discusses a number of Danish-based PSINSIs projects, which are the base for interesting learning lessons.
The article is extremely relevant for this year’s conference as it addresses how different actors from different sectors (public, private and civil society) can collaborate in more or less formalized relations to contribute to social innovation
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