Collaborative Governance and Public Innovation in Northern Europe

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Annika Agger, Bodil Damgaard, Andreas Hagedorn Krogh, Eva Sørensen

eISBN: 978-1-68108-013-0, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-68108-014-7



Indexed in: Chemical Abstracts, EBSCO.

Governments all over Northern Europe have placed public innovation high on the political agenda and pursuing public innovation through...[view complete introduction]
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Micro-Processes of Collaborative Innovation in Danish Welfare Settings: A Psychosocial Approach to Learning and Performance

- Pp. 249-268 (20)

Linda Lundgaard Andersen

Abstract

This chapter explores micro processes of collaborative innovation from a learning perspective. The point of departure for the chapter is my ongoing research with welfare service professionals who display considerable ambivalence towards innovation, feeling both enthusiastic towards it and burdened by it. I start by framing the Danish discourse of public collaborative governance in two empirical fields: sitebased management and democracy in the 1990s, and social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the 2000s. I demonstrate how the prevailing discourses offer a number of scripts for action, performance and learning, which can produce important results. However, by analysing learning in collaborative innovation processes from a psychosocial perspective I also demonstrate how identification, ambivalence, idealisation and defence are significant features of the professionals’ learning and performance and consequently how contemporary collaborative innovation can lead both to constructive and destructive processes.

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