The MIO-model. A guide for innovation support in public sector organizations

Johanna Nählinder, Anna Fogelberg Eriksson


The innovation imperative in the public sector is not yet matched by fully developed knowledge on how to support innovation. As a response to the theoretical as well as practical knowledge gaps on how to support innovation in the public sector the paper suggests a tentative model for designing innovation support in public sector organizations, the MIO-model. The model is developed as a practical theory, based on extensive empirical research on innovation and innovation support in Swedish local government, and it is theoretically informed by integrations of innovation studies and theories on organization and workplace learning. Rather than prescribing exactly what to do and how to form innovation support, the MIO-model focuses on core conditions for informed and locally embedded innovation support.

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Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration

School of Public Administration, Box 712 - SE-405 30 Göteborg

ISSN: 2001-7405, E-ISSN: 2001-7413