How to Create an Innovative Environment

“The challenge for senior managers in the public sector is to provide incentives and support to call forth more innovation," according to Sandford Borins, Professor of Public Management, University of Toronto, in his recent report, The Challenge of Innovating in Government. Part of that challenge, he says, is in creating an innovative organization and environment that encourage innovation. He cites the lack of financial rewards, the political environment, stringent agency controls, and public domain of public sector intellectual property as major barriers to creating an innovative organization in the public sector. In this session, Sydney Smith-Heimbrock will share the characteristics of an innovative organization and how several public sector organizations overcame obstacles to innovation including specific recommendations and practical how-to advice.

Presented by

Sydney Smith-Heimbrock

Deputy Associate Director, Office of Personnel Management & Acting Executive Director, CHCO Council