Collective action problems in public sector innovation: A business model perspective
Journal article, 2017

We explore how the literature on business models can explain the outcomes of innovation attempts in the public sector. Our findings suggest that governments can access a well-developed knowledge domain for a public sector area but have a weak ability to propagate its value for society. Drawing on the business model literature concerning interdependence and distributed agency, we illustrate how a collective action problem related to innovation may arise in the public sector. We illustrate this new category of public innovation challenge with the (failed) case of the Swedish civil contingencies system and subsequently discuss a new line of inquiry for future research.


Mattias Axelson

Stockholm School of Economics

Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

Joakim Netz

Stockholm University

Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

Christian Sandström

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Science, Technology and Society

Creativity and Innovation Management

0963-1690 (ISSN) 1467-8691 (eISSN)

Vol. 26 4 370-378

Driving Forces

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Subject Categories

Economics and Business

Political Science



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