Special Issue "Innovation in The Public Sector: Determinants, Process and Performance Impacts"

A special issue of Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Phuong Tra Tran

Research Group Economics of Public Private Partnership, IPAG Business School, 75006 Paris, France
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Interests: public management; public procurement; public private partnerships; innovation in public management
Guest Editor
Dr. Marco Buso

Interdepartmental Centre Giorgio Levi Cases (for Energy Economics and Technology), University of Padova, 35123 Padova, Italy
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Interests: public economics; industrial organization; public procurement; public private partnerships; environmental economics; applied economics; public procurement for innovation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the US, actions have been called for confronting the international economic competitiveness and innovation policy challenges (US President Obama, in his speech in 2011 State of the Union Address). In Europe, a set of specific laws and policies has been developed for innovation towards the horizon of 2020. In that regard, the European Union’s main objectives are to “(i) facilitate the formation of long-term tangible assets (e.g., energy, transport and communication infrastructures, industrial and service facilities, housing and climate change, and eco-innovation technologies) and intangible assets (e.g., education and research and development), and (ii) boost innovation and competitiveness”. Besides their short-term impact in raising the productive and industrial capacity of the economy, most of these actions have “wide public benefits since they generate significant returns for society as a whole by supporting essential services and improving living standards” (EU Green Paper, 2013).

While efforts have been made to set up policies towards innovation, the questions of how to drive innovation in quantity and speed and to control the quality of achievement at the same time still remain under debate. Moreover, there is a lack of understanding about the implementation process and the outcomes. In fact, innovation cannot just be a good idea, but has to be enforced operationally. Moreover, the objectives of public sector innovation cannot solely be expressed in terms of providing some competitive advantages: these innovations should achieve value for the society (OECD, 2014).

This Special Issue will dedicate attention to the actions of governmental organizations to boost innovation to its full potential, both inside the organization (optimizing work processes, using incentives schemes for public employees, e-government, etc.) and outside the organization (exploiting new practices of outsourcing like pre-commercial procurement, procurement of innovative solutions and innovation partnerships). The goal is to enhance the understandings about determinants of those actions and their impact on performance.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Determinants of innovation initiatives/actions
  • Incentive schemes for innovation initiatives/actions
  • Performance measurement of innovation
  • Public procurements for innovation
  • Innovation in public procurements

Dr. Phuong Tra Tran
Dr. Marco Buso
Guest Editors

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Open AccessArticle The Value of Public Sector Risk Management: An Empirical Assessment of Ghana
Adm. Sci. 2018, 8(3), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci8030040
Received: 2 June 2018 / Revised: 26 June 2018 / Accepted: 25 July 2018 / Published: 31 July 2018
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This study investigates risk management practices in public entities in the Ghana. We relied on the popular framework designed by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission—COSO, to advocate for possible ways to minimize the occurrence and effects of risk in
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This study investigates risk management practices in public entities in the Ghana. We relied on the popular framework designed by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission—COSO, to advocate for possible ways to minimize the occurrence and effects of risk in public organizations. The internal control elements used include: control environment, commitment to ethics, segregation of duties, review and information and communication. These constitute the explanatory variables used in performing multivariate data analysis to determine the dimensionality of the data set and possible outcomes. The exploratory research followed a quantitative approach using the survey method and a structured equation model. We established that, due to globalization and increases in the scale of operations, it is practically impossible for management through the help of auditors and those in charge of governance to validate the entire operations of the public sector to ensure strict compliance to internal control principles, in order to minimize the detrimental impacts of risk. However, an alternative sustainability depends on the prominence of quality financial reporting, compliance, commitment to ethical values and consistency in pursuit of the strategic and operational objectives based on good corporate governance. On the other hand, the implications of risks should be embedded in the minds of public servants as part of the organizational culture that will complement existing tools and techniques of internal control. Full article

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