Emmanuel Dockx, Stephanie Verlinden and Koen Verhoest wrote two research reports (in Dutch) on collaboration and innovation in the public sector.
Collaboration, learning and innovation in the public sector occupy a prominent position in the policies of many OECD countries. In addition to traditional instruments, collaboration and innovation (through collaboration) are regarded as important tools for tackling complex, disruptive and cross-sector policy issues (or 'wicked issues'), especially at a time when trust in government is under pressure and citizen demands grow stronger. Despite this awareness, there is a lack of empirical knowledge about which factors shape the outcomes of and trust within inter-organizational collaborations and which organizational capacities ensure that public (and private) organizations can connect with and learn from one another.
1) In a recent (Dutch) research report, Emmanuel Dockx and Koen Verhoest identified crucial factors that determine the success of cross-sectoral collaborative arrangements. The report not only provides an insight into how these arrangements and associated challenges are experienced by those involved, but also how network managers can meet these challenges in order to ensure successful innovation, fruitful collaboration and trust among involved partners. The full report can be downloaded here.
2) In another (Dutch) research report, Emmanuel Dockx, Stephanie Verlinden and Koen Verhoest assessed how various organizational conditions and capacities affect whether and how public innovations are developed, tested and implemented - where necessary in collaborative arrangements. The report formulates 13 recommendations linked to 43 specific action points for public managers and practitioners. The full report can be downloaded here.
For more information, contact: Emmanuel Dockx ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).