The paper "Obstacles to the Policy Innovation in the Public Sector " is an outstanding example of management coursework. In the 21st century, innovation has many challenges in the public sector than in the private sector. The public sector is usually defined as institutionalized or government organizations which are attributed to having a history of path dependency and routinization (Lewis & Ricard, 2014, p. 2). Albury (2005, p. 51) argued that innovation is vital for the enhancement of services, hence it should be institutionalized to add value in public organizations. Studies show that innovation has highly thrived in the private sector.
The fast technological advancement in the private sector has created opportunity companies to create new products, improve processes, and conduct business (Borins, 2002, p. 467). However, in the public sector, the situation has not been the same as studies show that innovation has really lagged behind. The conventional perception concerning the situation is that innovation in the public sector is often a virtual oxymoron (Borins, 2002, p. 467). Therefore, this essay will review various literature to discuss various obstacles to policy innovation in the public sector and recommend how they can be addressed. Obstacles to innovation policy In the public sector, there is a desire for one fits all, more heterogeneous and diverse economy of 24 hours in seven days, which can provide better services (Considine, Lewis & Alexander, 2009, p. 87).
Management theorists argue that this can only be made possible through innovation. However, this has been achieved in the private sector, but not in the public sector. Several reasons have been given as to why innovation in the public sector has stalled.
In other words, there are numerous obstacles to innovation policy in this sector. The Public choice hypothesis holds that the agencies in this public sector are always monopolies that have no pressure or competition to innovate (Borins, 2002, p. 467). In most cases, the government uses its power to stop private investors who want to produce similar products or services. As such, competition is eliminated and a monopoly is created. In some circumstance, the ruling party uses its majority numbers in parliament to pass regulatory laws which stop private investors from venturing in some industries (Mulgan and Albury, 2003, p. 36).
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