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Role of leadership and participation: Social innovation in health in selected provinces in the Philippines

Rita M. Gallardo (Office of Senator Francis Pangilinan, Senate of the Philippines, Pasay City, The Philippines) (Graduate School, Colegio De San Juan De Letran, Manila, The Philippines)

International Journal of Public Leadership

ISSN: 2056-4929

Article publication date: 8 October 2019

Issue publication date: 22 October 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to offer pointers to local government executives on the qualities of leadership that drive social innovation (SI) as well as locate the roles of leadership and participation in the output and outcome of SI. Further, the findings of the study can hopefully contribute to the discourse on leadership for a sustainable future.

Design/methodology/approach

The purpose of the study was to highlight the forms of participation among the actors in the different stages of SI, the qualities of the leaders that drove SI and the roles of leadership and participation in the output and outcome of SI. To answer the research questions, the researcher applied the case study research design and employed the grounded theory approach for data analysis and interpretation.

Findings

The cases showed leadership that encourages, as leadership qualities of the governors. These were manifested in terms of being empowering, giving the freehand, being goal-oriented, resource mobilizer, consultative and practicing both bottom-up and top-bottom approaches to make sure that the outputs are achieved, as well as having the qualities of a supportive leader. The cases showed all three employed forms of participation, as categorized by Lowndes et al. (2001). Government can indeed foster innovation when there is close involvement and participation of the workforce in innovation. Leadership and participation play a big role in achieving output and outcome of SI.

Originality/value

The study is a review of the unpublished dissertation by Gallardo (2014) at the National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines.

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Acknowledgements

Note on content: This paper is part of the doctoral dissertation by Gallardo (2014) at the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG), University of the Philippines.

Citation

Gallardo, R.M. (2019), "Role of leadership and participation: Social innovation in health in selected provinces in the Philippines", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 238-256. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPL-05-2019-0020

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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