Innovation and leadership in public sector organizations

Mahmoud Moussa, Adela McMurray, Nuttawuth Muenjohn

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Although studies have addressed the factors that affect innovation, the findings have often been unclear and inconclusive. This is because there is no consistent definition of the concept of innovation in the existing literature. In addition, leadership behaviors that promote innovation in the public sector differ considerably from one nation to another. Thus, this study presents a consolidated in-depth literature review and analysis of the innovation and leadership literature that is specific to public sector organizations across nations. The analysis informs the development of a workplace innovation conceptual model specific to the public sector. The findings increase our understanding of how to effectively define innovation and to recognize the way in which leadership behaviors enhance public sector cultures of innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-30
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Management Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Leadership
  • leadership behaviors
  • public sector organizations
  • workplace innovation
  • conceptual model
  • public sector cultures
  • innovation


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