The multiple institutional logics of innovation

David Lazer, Ines Mergel, Curtis Ziniel, Kevin M. Esterling, Michael A. Neblo

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Abstract

How do decentralized systems deal with innovation? In particular, how do they aggregate the myriad experiences of their component parts, facilitate diffusion of information, and encourage investments in innovation? This is a classic problem in the study of human institutions. It is also one of the biggest challenges that exists in the governance of decentralized systems: How do institutions shape individual behavior around solving problems and sharing information in a fashion that is reasonably compatible with collective well-being? We use a particular decentralized institution (the U.S. House of Representatives), wrestling with a novel problem (how to utilize the Internet), to explore the implications of three archetypical principles for organizing collective problem solving: market, network, and hierarchy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-340
Number of pages30
JournalInternational Public Management Journal
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Public Administration

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    Lazer, D., Mergel, I., Ziniel, C., Esterling, K. M., & Neblo, M. A. (2011). The multiple institutional logics of innovation. International Public Management Journal, 14(3), 311-340. https://doi.org/10.1080/10967494.2011.618308