Implementing open innovation in the public sector: The case of Challenge.gov

Ines Mergel, Kevin C. Desouza

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Abstract

As part of the Open Government Initiative, the Barack Obama administration has called for new forms of collaboration with stakeholders to increase the innovativeness of public service delivery. Federal managers are employing a new policy instrument called Challenge.gov to implement open innovation concepts invented in the private sector to crowdsource solutions from previously untapped problem solvers and to leverage collective intelligence to tackle complex social and technical public management problems. The authors highlight the work conducted by the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the General Services Administration, the administrator of the Challenge.gov platform. Specifically, this Administrative Profile features the work of Tammi Marcoullier, program manager for Challenge.gov, and Karen Trebon, deputy program manager, and their role as change agents who mediate collaborative practices between policy makers and public agencies as they navigate the political and legal environments of their local agencies. The profile provides insights into the implementation process of crowdsourcing solutions for public management problems, as well as lessons learned for designing open innovation processes in the public sector.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)882-890
Number of pages9
JournalPublic Administration Review
Volume73
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing

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