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13 march 2015

News: Risk Definition and Risk Governance in Social Innovation Processes: A Conceptual Framework

LIPSE Working paper Nr. 4 'Risk Definition and Risk Governance in Social Innovation Processes: A Conceptual Framework' can now be downloaded via http://www.lipse.org/Publications.

The paper is written by our partners Sophie Flemig, Stephen Osborne and Tony Kinder, University of Edinburgh. It explores the relationship between risk and innovation in public services, exploring the state of the literature across different disciplines and the academic as well as grey literature. Based on the current scholarship, it suggests an alternative framework to approach risk, emphasising the importance of differentiating between the different types of risk (risk or uncertainty) and the type of risk management (soft or hard approaches, proactive or reactive). Based on these elements of public sector risk, the paper offers a typology of risk types and management approaches that indicates different effects on the type of innovation in public services.

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