Public Sector Innovation: Adapting Institutions to Systems Thinking

Tonurist, P., Rovenskaya, E. ORCID:, Mechler, R. ORCID:, Dieckmann, U. ORCID:, & Wagner, F. ORCID: (2020). Public Sector Innovation: Adapting Institutions to Systems Thinking. In: Systemic Thinking for Policy Making: The Potential of Systems Analysis for Addressing Global Policy Challenges in the 21st Century. pp. 143-152 Paris, France: New Approaches to Economic Challenges, OECD Publishing. ISBN 978-92-64-49456-5 10.1787/879c4f7a-en.

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The need to overhaul systems thinking in public sector management is discussed. While systems thinking as the methodology behind purpose-driven change could be used to accomplish missions, the public sector is not necessarily interested or ready to use it for that. Systems thinking inside the public sector is generally a ‘sense-making’ tool to make interconnectedness visible (usually with the help of outside experts) rather than a day-to-day practise that helps guide everyday action and decisionmaking. Even if policy makers as individuals are systems thinkers, it does not mean the policies they design are systemic; one needs institutions to support systems policymaking. OECD’s and IIASA’s work shows that public sector leaders face an uphill battle: there is little clarity on who should promote systems thinking in public organisations and who should assure their capacity.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Programs: Air Quality & Greenhouse Gases (AIR)
Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA)
Evolution and Ecology (EEP)
Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2020 09:00
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:32

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