Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University
Joeri H. Wesseling
Public procurement for innovation: lessons from the procurement of a navigable storm surge barrier
() and Charles Edquist
Abstract: Public Procurement for Innovation (PPI) is a powerful,
underutilized demand-side innovation policy instrument that can be used to
stimulate innovation, meet sectoral policy goals and mitigate grand
challenges. Further research is required to analyze how PPI contributes to
these goals and how it operates in practice; more case studies are needed
to achieve this. We analyze a case of direct developmental PPI, the
procurement of a navigable storm surge barrier in the Netherlands. Data
from policy documents, reports and interviews were used in an event history
analysis which serves to capture dynamic patterns of innovation activities.
We interpret our findings in relation to the tentative lessons on PPI
available in the literature. We also draw policy conclusions with respect
to dealing with multiple policy goals and user needs; specifying functional
requirements; levels of expertise within governments; balancing competition
and cooperation; and taking risks.
Keywords: innovation policy; demand-side policy; large infrastructural project; tender; water construction sector; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: H54; H57; O30; O31; O32; O33; O38; (follow links to similar papers)
13 pages, February 5, 2016
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