[OKFN-NL] CFP Government Information Quarterly - Special Issue on Open Innovation in the Public Sector

Anneke Zuiderwijk-van Eijk - TBM A.M.G.Zuiderwijk-vanEijk at tudelft.nl
Sat Oct 3 13:49:55 UTC 2015

Dear colleagues,

Please consider submitting a paper to the Special Issue on Open Innovation in the Public Sector of Government Information Quarterly (also see http://www.journals.elsevier.com/government-information-quarterly/call-for-papers/special-issue-on-open-innovation-in-the-public-sector/).
Deadline for paper submissions: November 30, 2015.

Thank you,

Atreyi Kankanhalli, National University of Singapore
Giri Kumar Tayi, SUNY at Albany
Anneke Zuiderwijk, Delft University of Technology

Call for Papers
Government Information Quarterly

Special Issue on Open Innovation in the Public Sector
Firms are increasingly making use of external knowledge sources to enhance their innovation efforts. Adopting this new paradigm, called open innovation, large corporations such as Procter & Gamble have reported substantial benefits from external innovation opportunities. Although much of the prior open innovation research has focused on the paradigm shift in the private sector, a growing number of public sector organizations are also undertaking open innovation initiatives. For example, the United States Government has made important commitments to the Open Government Initiative, allowing members of the public to access government data, contribute ideas and expertise to government policy making and services innovation.
In contrast to the private sector where innovations are aimed at achieving competitive advantage, public agencies primarily engage in innovation in order to enhance service performance and public value. Beyond fundamental differences in ownership, funding, and control, and even as they import practices from the private sector, public sector organizations continue to retain distinctive characteristics. Together with the unique forms of governance for open innovation in the public sector, such as government-led and community-led, these differences suggest that findings about open innovation in the private sector may not be directly applicable to the public sector. Further, the public sector has been criticized as being inhospitable to innovation due to asymmetric incentives, lack of an innovation culture, absence of funding (such as venture capital) for innovation, and various other barriers. Theoretically, too, this raises issues of how public administration theories of citizen participation and organizational theories related to user innovation, absorptive capacity, crowdsourcing, and knowledge brokering could be extended to explain open innovation phenomena in the public sector.

As a foundation for open innovation, the role of information and communication technologies (ICT) has been highlighted in vastly increasing the ability of organizations to work across geographic and organizational boundaries. In doing so, the use of ICT has helped to support the shift towards more open, collaborative, and network-centered innovation practices. But what specifically are these technologies, and how can they be used to support public sector open innovation? How do they, on the one hand, shape the strategic orientation of public sector organizations, and on the other, facilitate the creation and realization of innovations in public services and policies? What are the issues regarding data quality, privacy, security, access, and reach that impact the use of ICT for open innovation? Also, what are the issues specific to open innovation in sectors such as public healthcare and education? We solicit papers for this Special Issue that advance the above research agenda. We welcome both conceptual and empirical, qualitative and quantitative research papers.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

*         Value from IT-enabled open innovation in sectors such as public healthcare and education

*         IT and open innovation performance in the public sector

*         The adoption, implementation, and use of IT in public service open innovation

*         IT and public sector open innovation business models, including private-public partnerships

*         The role of online communities and other social media in supporting diverse open innovation models (including crowdsourcing)

*         Privacy and security issues related to public sector open innovation

*         Data quality and access in public sector open innovation, including open data

*         New digital architectures for public sector open innovation

*         Issues at the intersection of IT, public organizational design, and open innovation

*         Information infrastructure and its impact on the structure, governance, and processes in public sector open innovation

*         The role of IT in facilitating public participation and co-innovation

*         Legal and Licensing Issues that are unique to Open Innovation

Special Issue Guest Editors
Atreyi Kankanhalli, National. University of Singapore
Giri Kumar Tayi, SUNY at Albany
Anneke Zuiderwijk, Delft University of Technology

Special Issue Format
We expect 15-20 submissions from which we target to select 5-6 high quality papers for the special issue. Each submission would be subject to a double-blind peer review process with at least two independent reviewers.  For more information visit http://www.journals.elsevier.com/government-information-quarterly/call-for-papers/special-issue-on-open-innovation-in-the-public-sector/. Authors can contact any of the Guest Editors for additional information.

Key Dates for the Special Issue

*         Paper submissions: November 30, 2015

*         Complete first round of review: February 29, 2016

*         Authors submit second round: May 31, 2016

*         Complete second round of review (with Accept/Reject decision): August 31, 2016

*         Special Issue ready for submission to GIQ: November 30, 2016
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