Spreading Innovation: Innovation as Narrative


Thursday, October 22, 2009 (All day)


124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Sandford Borins, University of Toronto

About the Seminar
Please join us as Sandford Borins shows how concepts from the study of narrative can be used to analyze public management innovations, based on the 2008 and 2009 finalists of the Innovations in American Government Awards. He will also discuss how narratives can facilitate the diffusion and replication of innovations, and provide a brief introduction to approaches to the diffusion of innovation to be discussed in upcoming seminars.

You can watch a Better, Faster, Cheaper interview with Sandford Borins here.

About Sandford Borins
Sandford Borins is a professor of strategic management at the University of Toronto and a research fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. He is the author of numerous articles as well as eight books, including Innovating with Integrity: How Local Heroes are Transforming American Government (Georgetown University Press, 1998), a comprehensive study of government innovation that used as its data base a large sample of applications to the Innovations in American Government Awards program. Most recently he served as the editor of Innovations in Government: Research, Recognition, and Replication (Brookings, 2008), a collection of articles – many by Harvard Kennedy School faculty – on innovation research.

About the Innovations in Government Seminar Series
This event is part of the Innovations in Government Seminar Series on the importance and practice of public sector innovation. This year-long series seeks to educate and inform the next generation of government innovators. In addition, this seminar will be the first in a special series that explores the various aspects in the study of the replication of government innovations.

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