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Public Procurement and Innovation
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Public Procurement and Innovation

The Role of Institutions

9781849802871 Edward Elgar Publishing
Max Rolfstam, Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark
Publication Date: 2013 ISBN: 978 1 84980 287 1 Extent: 232 pp
Max Rolfstam examines the increasing emphasis on public procurement as a means to stimulate innovation and the theoretical implications of this policy development. While ‘regular’ public procurement may be regarded as the outcome of anonymous market processes, public procurement of innovation must be understood as a special case of innovation, where social processes – and consequently the institutions governing these social processes – need to be considered. This book contributes to our understanding with a detailed institutional analysis of the public procurement of innovation.

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Max Rolfstam examines the increasing emphasis on public procurement as a means to stimulate innovation and the theoretical implications of this policy development. While ‘regular’ public procurement may be regarded as the outcome of anonymous market processes, public procurement of innovation must be understood as a special case of innovation, where social processes – and consequently the institutions governing these social processes – need to be considered. This book contributes to our understanding with a detailed institutional analysis of the public procurement of innovation.

The author draws on an institutional framework that underscores the importance of conducting a multilevel institutional analysis. Unlike earlier studies that reduced public procurement challenges to a legal issue, this book offers insights of a more holistic nature.

Academics, students and researchers with an interest in innovation policy will find this book to be an informative and fascinating read. It will also provide an invaluable reference tool on how public procurement can be used as an innovation policy tool for policy makers at both national and EU levels.
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‘Public Procurement and Innovation contributes an understanding of how multiple institutions impact procurement, and supplies evidence for the ongoing debate over policies' role in guiding innovation. This book is timely and relevant . . .Anyone interested in public procurement, innovation, EU policy, or technology policy will find the book worthwhile.’
– Paige A. Clayton, Science and Public Policy
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Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Public Procurement of Innovation Theory 3. Legal Institutions for Public Procurement of Innovation 4. Public Procurement of Innovation Diffusion 5. Public Procurement of Innovation as Collaboration 6. Public Procurement of Innovation as Endogenous–Exogenous Knowledge Conversion 7. Success Factors Public Procurement of Innovation 8. Concluding Remarks References Index
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