Innovation as Narrative


Borins, Sandford. 2010. “Innovation as Narrative”.


Sandford Borins, February 2010

This paper begins by outlining a number of key narratological concepts, such as the distinction between narrative – the events represented – and one or more narrators’ presentations of the events, implied author and implied reader, and structural analysis of narrative genres. It then applies these concepts to the three narrations of the 31 finalists of the 2008 and 2009 Innovations in American Government Awards. The paper concludes with suggestions for how public management scholars could incorporate narratological insights into their analysis, how innovation awards could ask applicants to develop more explicit narratives, and how innovators could make more effective use of narrative in communicating their achievements.

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