Mission-oriented innovation policy and dynamic capabilities in the public sector
Working paper from UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) considers dynamic capabilities in the public sector and the search for the next generation of innovation policies.
20 July 2018
UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)
Ref: IIPP WP 2018-05
Mission-oriented innovation policy and dynamic capabilities in the public sector (PDF)
Professor of Innovation and Public Governance
Deputy Director, IIPP
Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value
This article contextualises the re-emergence of mission-oriented innovation policies in the broader search for a new type of innovation policies—and the appropriate organisational forms—that can tackle ‘grand societal challenges,' and focuses on our knowledge gaps in designing and implementing such innovation policies. We identify the concept and practice of dynamic capabilities in the public sector as perhaps the key missing element in the search for the new generation of innovation policies. We offer a brief conceptual and historical overview of what constitutes mission-oriented policies, focusing on two key elements of missions: coordinated public investments and market shaping policies to ‘crowd in’ private and third sector experimentation and innovation. The article concludes by briefly discussing the central public sector dynamic capabilities for 21st-century missions.