Considering the success of Open Innovation practices in the private sector we want to shine a light on the benefits of Open Innovation for the Public Sector – for the Government and its administrations. We discuss the benefits of transparency, participation and collaboration with external contributors, especially with citizens. In our article we primarily address Public Managers and civil servants in order to inspire new ways of collaboration within the administrations. Moreover, we see various opportunities for firms to moderate and accelerate public crowdsourcing activities, revealing new markets for consultant firms and Open Innovation Intermediaries.
New approaches of innovation management suggest that the innovation process of products and services does not have to take place isolated and within entrepreneurial borders. The growing success of open innovation practices in many firms raises the question of whether these principles can be transferred for the reinventing of public sector organizations. Going beyond a technocratic e-government paradigm, but with the support of internet technology, we want to present a structural overview of how external collaboration and innovation between citizens and public administrations can offer new ways of citizen integration and participation, enhancing public value creation and even the political decision-making process.