Innovation Office is Hard
Ben at Governing writes about the challenging of creating Innovation in large government organisations:
The second model, creating an office of innovation that sits outside of normal departmental structures, is a newer incarnation. Usually this office lies directly under the mayor or other chief executive, so as to give it a top-down push and to keep it free from other departments’ mandates and restrictions. The Mayor’s Offices of New Urban Mechanics in Boston and Philadelphia operate under this model, and their initiatives enjoy the drive and leverage of their mayors. This is also true of the San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation (MOCI), where I worked this past summer — an experience that revealed both the benefits and pitfalls of the stand-alone innovation office.
This is one of the biggest challenges in large organisations in general. How do we create innovation, especially, business model innovation?