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Public sector innovation

INNO-Grips Workshop:
Policies Supporting Innovation in Public Service Provision

19th June 2012, 8:30–17:20 hrs
AMEDIA Hotel Vienna
Landstrasser Hauptstrasse 153-155 A-1030 Wien


  Workshop Summary (including list of participants)


08:30– 09:00

Registration & Welcome Coffee

Welcome Note
Renata Anna Jaksa (Director, ICEG European Center)

09:00 – 09:30


Activities of the European Commission’s DG Enterprise and Industry in the fields of policies supporting innovation in public sector.

Tomasz Jerzyniak, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, Principal Co-ordinator INNO-Grips

09:30 – 11:00





INNO-Grips findings on public sector innovation

This session highlights the theoretical and empirical findings of the prepared draft INNO-Grips Policy Brief on ‘Policies supporting innovation in public service provision’.


  • Study Team, ICEG European Center
  • Discussants:
    Paul Windrum, Associate Professor in Strategy, University of Nottingham

    Mark Napier, Director, The Centre for Public Innovation, United Kingdom


11:00 – 11:20

Coffee break

11:20 – 12:40







A Deeper Look at Public Sector Innovation

Facilitator: Tatiana Glad

This session looks at how we understand the lifecycle of innovative policies looks like and how the "learning curve" works for innovative policies.

Key questions:

R1: To what extent is PSI different from business sector innovation? How do drivers and what barriers in PSI differ from those in business sector innovation?

R2: What is the relation between and the importance of "innovative public sector initiatives" and "policies on public sector innovation"?

R3: How can public sector innovation work in a multi-actor/multi-agent framework? What can collaboration look like and evolve?

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 – 15:15

The apple of public sector’s eye – Innovation for efficiency gains and cost savings especially for the public sector

This session outlines and discusses ways in which the role of innovation is to enhance the efficiency of the public sector, to transform its inherent structures and operation in order to “achieve more for less”.  


  • Speaker: Ina Homeier Mendes, Vienna City Urban Development and Planning: Smart City Wien, Austria

  • Speaker: Christina Pop, Ministry of Administration and Domestic Affairs Central Unit for Reform in Public Administration, Modernisation of public administration, Romania

  • Speaker: Richard Ruijtenbeek, Innovation Manager of the Municipality of Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • Commentary
    Marta Georgijew, Senior Specialist, Innovation and Industry Department, Ministry of Economy, Poland
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    Michael Kallinger, Federal Chancellery, Austria


15:15 – 15:35

Coffee break

15:35 – 17:00

Public sector innovation affecting businesses and the role of the third sector

This section discusses public sector innovations affecting the business sector directly and outlines business practices that may be of particular importance when it comes to public sector innovation. This session also devotes attention to the force to be reckoned with, namely to the third sector by discussing the issue of how and to what extent can the third sector be an integral part of stimulating innovation in public service provision. Which policy instruments promise to be effective in this regard?


  • Speaker: Laura Massoli, Head of Unit, Public Administration Department, Ministry for Public Administration and Innovation, Italy: The role of the third sector in policy evaluation
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  • Speaker: Anett Hodosi, Commercial Director UNIMEDIC Ltd., United Kingdom: Health service to be adopted by public sector

  • Speaker: Wouter Stolwijk, Director of PIANOo, Expertise centre Public Procurement of The Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands: Innovation in the public procurement process
  • Commentary
    Paul Windrum, Associate Professor in Strategy, The University of Nottingham


17.00 – 17:20

Concluding remarks and outlook

Tomasz Jerzyniak, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, Principal
Co-ordinator INNO-Grips

Renata Anna Jaksa (Director, ICEG European Center)