1st Edition

Public Innovation and Digital Transformation

Edited By Hannele Väyrynen, Nina Helander, Harri Jalonen Copyright 2023
    210 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    210 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Public innovation and digitalization are reshaping organizations and society in various ways and within multiple fields, as innovations are essential in transforming our world and addressing global sustainability and development challenges. This book addresses the fascinating relationship of these two contemporary topics and explores the role of digital transformation in promoting public innovation.

    This edited collection includes examples of innovations that emerge suddenly, practices for processing innovations, and the requirements for transformation from innovation to the "new normal". Acknowledging that public innovation refers to the development and realization of new and creative ideas that challenge conventional wisdom and disrupt the established practices within a specific context, expert contributions from international scholars explore and illustrate the various activities that are happening in the world of multiple digitalization opportunities. The content covers public administration, technical and business management, human, social, and future sciences, paying attention to the interaction between public and private sectors to utilize digitalization in order to facilitate public innovation.

    This timely book will be of interest to researchers, academics and students in the fields of technology and innovation management, as well as knowledge management, public service management and administration.

    List of Contributors


    Chapter 1. Avenues for Public Actors to Enable and Promote Innovating and Innovation, Väyrynen & Uusikartano

    Chapter 2. Digital co-creation – Mission (im)possible?

    Kirjavainen & Jalonen

    Chapter 3. Social impacts of digital platforms – A can of worms in governing the hybridity of


    Rajala, Huhtamäki, Johanson & Vakkuri

    Chapter 4. Data-driven Logic Transforming Public Innovations,

    Jussila & Aramo-Immonen

    Chapter 5. Artificial intelligence and Public Innovations,

    Koskimies, Stenvall, Kinder, Leikas & Nieminen

    Chapter 6. Data-Driven Value Creation in Digitalizing Public Service,

    Madhala, Helander, Raatikainen, Rannisto, Setälä & Mikkonen

    Chapter 7. Big Data Visualizations for Systems Thinking in Public Innovation,

    Mogles, Aramo-Immonen, Emanuel, Robinson, Hicks, Newnes, Snider & Gopsill

    Chapter 8. E-construction: Public Innovation Platform,

    Parn, Raitviir & Zaki

    Chapter 9. Driving Organisational Digital Transformation through Innovation Labs,

    Santarsiero, Schiuma & Carlucci

    Chapter 10. Future Avenues of Digital Transformation: Next steps?

    Kaivo-oja, Knudsen & Lauraéus


    Hannele Väyrynen is a Postdoc Researcher in the Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University (Finland). Through the lens of information and knowledge management, her research interests focus on innovation management, data and information visualization and design processes. In several of her research projects, the focus has been on company interaction.

    Nina Helander, Professor of Knowledge Management, works at Tampere University as Head of the Unit of Information and Knowledge Management and as a leader of the NOVI research group. Her research focuses especially on digitalization, value creation, and knowledge management. She has led several multidisciplinary research projects including projects that have focused on digitalization and data-based value creation. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Information Systems at the University of Jyväskylä.

    Harri Jalonen works as Professor at the University of Vaasa, Finland. His research interests cover among others the interplay between knowing and ignorance, the service-dominant logic of value creation, the dynamics of systemic change and the pros and cons of innovation management. He has published around 100 scientific articles, conference papers, books, or book sections and around 100 articles in newspapers, trade magazines, and blog notes. He has managed around 20 international and national research projects. He is also a reviewer for many scientific academic journals, research grant applications, and committee member of international conferences.