INNOVATION TYPE AND DIFFUSION: AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Version of Record online: 23 MAY 2006
Volume 84, Issue 2, pages 311–335, June 2006
How to Cite
WALKER, R. M. (2006), INNOVATION TYPE AND DIFFUSION: AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT. Public Administration, 84: 311–335. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2006.00004.x
- Issue online: 23 MAY 2006
- Version of Record online: 23 MAY 2006
- Date received 14 December 2004. Date accepted 27 May 2005.
This paper presents the first empirical test of innovation type and diffusion in local government. Five types of innovations – one product, three process and one ancillary – were tested in a multivariate model that included environmental, organizational and diffusion variables. The research was conducted on 120 upper tier English local authorities using a multiple informant survey instrument. Results indicate that adoption of innovation is both complex and contingent – different factors drive the diffusion of different types of innovation across upper tier English local government. These findings suggest that further research is required on the interactions of types of innovation in public organizations and that policy instruments developed to assist adoption need to be sensitive to variations between innovations.