Tricky Transfer: On the (Im)possibility of Replicating Government Innovations


Thursday, November 12, 2009 (All day)


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

Jorrit de Jong, Senior Lecturer in Public Management, VU University, Amsterdam and Visiting Research Fellow, Ash Center

About the Seminar
One of the challenges in the public sector is to benefit from other peoples innovations. Why reinvent the wheel? Unfortunately, replicating public sector innovations is not easy: sometimes differences seem to outnumber similarities between organizations and contexts.

Please join us as Jorrit de Jong discusses how using a management simulation can help to develop analytical and practical innovation transfer skills. Based on experiences with groups of managers from around the world, he will discuss mechanisms that impede successful transfers as well as strategies that help create success.

About Jorrit de Jong
Jorrit de Jong is a resident research fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. His research, teaching, and consultancy work focus on innovations in governance and situated problem solving. De Jong is the former director of the Centre for Government Studies at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is the cofounder of the Kafka Brigade, an action research team investigating excessive bureaucracy. He served as a special advisor on the Dutch Ministerial Committee on public sector reform. A specialist in simulations games, De Jong has developed and taught many international executive education programs. He co-edited and co-authored The State of Access (with Gowher Rizvi; Brookings Institution Press, 2008) and is now working on the book Innovations in Social Justice.

About the Innovations in Government Seminar Series
This event is part of the Innovations in Government Seminar Series, which explores various aspects and approaches to the study of the replication of government innovations. This year-long series seeks to educate and inform the next generation of government innovators.