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Accelerating Innovation in Local Councils



Speaker: Joan Munro

Accelerating Innovation in Local Councils Research Findings

What encourages local government employees to innovate?
How do their views differ from those of chief executives?

Given the current financial pressures, most local councils would like to be able to achieve more radical innovations, more quickly. Ideally, they would like to implement more innovations that save costs as well as improving local residents' lives.

Councils face many challenges in becoming more innovative. Most are large, complex and mature organizations, with an older, often professionalised, workforce, operating in the 'goldfish bowl' of political and public accountability.

This seminar will: 

  • Discuss the findings from recent focus groups that asked council employees what encourages them to positively contribute to innovations.
  • Highlight the similarities and differences between what employees said in the different councils participating.
  • Contrast employees' comments with the views of the 18 chief executives previously interviewed.
  • Re-examine the Local Councils' Innovation Framework, developed from the chief executive interviews, in the light of employees' comments.

The Framework is available on:

About Joan Munro

Joan Munro is leading the Accelerating Innovation in Local Government Research Project, as well as undertaking a Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership at City University London.

Joan worked for the Local Government Association Group for ten years, until 2010. She developed and led the English Local Government Workforce Strategy. As part of this she undertook research, and created support for councils, in areas such as: cultural change; organisational redesign; increasing organisational productivity. She was also the senior manager responsible for setting up local government's National Graduate Development Programme.

Prior to her national work, Joan worked for many years in a range of senior management roles, primarily in local government, but also in health and in the voluntary sector.

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6.00pm - 7.30pmWednesday 28th November 2012

City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice

Cass Business School
City University London
106 Bunhill Row
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7040 8400

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