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A Comparative Analysis of Municipal Public Innovation: Evidence from Romania and United States

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Department of Economics and Economic Policies, Research Center for Productivity, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, 010374 Bucharest, Romania
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Faculty of Business and Administration, Center for Applied Behavioral Economics, University of Bucharest, 030018 Bucharest, Romania
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J. Open Innov. Technol. Mark. Complex. 2020, 6(4), 112; https://doi.org/10.3390/joitmc6040112
Received: 24 July 2020 / Revised: 5 October 2020 / Accepted: 9 October 2020 / Published: 12 October 2020
This paper aims to investigate innovation capacity mechanisms at a municipal level, through a comparative case study of public sector innovation labs from Boston (US) and Cluj-Napoca (Romania). We employed a qualitative approach, using as a primary tool the OECD framework for assessing the capacity of cities to innovate, and secondarily, a taxonomy of behavioral change strategies. We showed that, despite differences rooted in culture and institutions, innovation labs support the determinants of urban innovation capacity. However, the intensity of their support varies significantly, depending on organizational arrangements and the chosen methodological approach. Accepting this limitation may be an important step in re-configurating innovation labs and in moving towards a clearer agenda on sustainable urban innovation. View Full-Text
Keywords: public sector innovation labs; innovation capacity; urban innovation; behavioral insights public sector innovation labs; innovation capacity; urban innovation; behavioral insights
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Vrabie, A.; Ianole-Călin, R. A Comparative Analysis of Municipal Public Innovation: Evidence from Romania and United States. J. Open Innov. Technol. Mark. Complex. 2020, 6, 112.

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