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Public procurement and innovation: towards a taxonomy

Leif Hommen (Lund University, Sweden)
Max Rolfstam (Lund University, Sweden)

Journal of Public Procurement

ISSN: 1535-0118

Article publication date: 1 March 2008



The role of public procurement as an instrument to stimulate innovation has been increasingly emphasized by European policymakers. This perspective raises demand for the understanding of public procurement as an activity taking place in a variety of different procurement contexts and as an act of innovation. Accordingly, this paper proposes a taxonomy of public procurement and innovation, combining interactive learning and evolutionary perspectives on innovation processes to account for the broad range of different ‘interaction environments’ or ‘resource interfaces’ in which government or public sector organizations may act as lead users of innovations. On this basis, the taxonomy draws practical policy implications for the design of programmes and initiatives for the public procurement of innovations.


Hommen, L. and Rolfstam, M. (2008), "Public procurement and innovation: towards a taxonomy", Journal of Public Procurement, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 17-56.



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