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Public sector innovation for sustainable development goals: A comparative study of innovation types in Thailand and Korea

Chutima Suchitwarasan Orcid Logo, Emre Cinar, Chris Simms, Jae Kim

Australian Journal of Public Administration

Swansea University Author: Jae Kim

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The aim of this paper is to compare the focus (strategy, capacity, and operation) and locus (internal and external) of innovation types of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-oriented public sector innovation (PSI) in Thailand and Korea and to contribute to the limited understanding of the role of...

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Published in: Australian Journal of Public Administration
ISSN: 0313-6647 1467-8500
Published: Wiley 2023
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa65344
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Abstract: The aim of this paper is to compare the focus (strategy, capacity, and operation) and locus (internal and external) of innovation types of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-oriented public sector innovation (PSI) in Thailand and Korea and to contribute to the limited understanding of the role of national context in PSI. Our study analysed 263 SDGs-oriented innovations based on the new typology proposed by Chen et al. The findings identified that the orientation of SDGs-oriented PSI is more external and policy innovation is the most common type in both countries. These distributions, however, vary depending on the contextual differences in administrative and technological contexts, resulting in SDGs-oriented PSI in Korea emphasised on strategy focus, whereas Thailand emphasised capacity focus. This also demonstrates a temporality between strategy, capacity, and operations foci in Korea, but Thailand attempted to fill the capacity gap through SDGs-oriented innovation. Insights from this empirical study can assist public managers in selecting innovation portfolio configurations applicable to their national context.
Keywords: comparative study, innovation types, Korea, public sector innova-tion, Thailand
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences