The challenge of integrating innovation and quality management practice
2016 (English)In: Total quality management and business excellence (Online), ISSN 1478-3363, E-ISSN 1478-3371, Vol. 27, no 1-2, 34-47 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Following in the footsteps of ‘New Public Management’, where quality management and quality control have become widely implemented concepts among public authorities, there is now a subsequent government demand to also be innovative. However, integrating and achieving a balance between improved quality and increased innovation is not an easy task. Previous research indicates a complex and ambiguous relation, raising questions as to how to optimally combine these two approaches organisationally, operationally, and culturally. Is there an ‘edge of chaos’ where there is maximal flexibility for innovation while maintaining sufficient order for quality? The purpose of this paper is to examine the potential integration of innovation and quality management practice within the public sector. The paper is based on a multiple case study design, confronted with existing literature, and shows that the current quality management practice is perceived as being related to standardisation, leading to a decrease in the space for innovation. Second, that there is an expectation and belief that innovation and quality management can be handled in parallel and reinforce each other instead of being mutually detrimental.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 27, no 1-2, 34-47 p.
quality, innovation, organisational learning, quality management, public sector
Engineering and Technology Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-302751DOI: 10.1080/14783363.2014.939841ISI: 000374776100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-302751DiVA: diva2:967441