1 Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University2 Department of Political Science, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University3 Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University4 Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University5 Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
Understanding the role of job and organizational characteristics, job types and subsectors
Innovation is argued to be of key importance in the public sector. Little is known about possible sector differences in innovative behaviour. The stereotype in literature is that public employees are less innovative. We analyse whether sector is associated with innovative behaviour and the influence of job/organizational characteristics. We test this by using a three-country representative survey in Scandinavia with 8,310 respondents. We control for subsectors/industries and job functions. We do not find that public employees are less innovative. Furthermore, the study emphasizes the importance of understanding the major differences in innovative behaviour between different subsectors/industries and job types.
Public Management Review (print), 2015, Vol 17, Issue 5, p. 698-717
Innovation; Innovative behaviour; Comparing public and private