Public-Private Innovation Networks: The Importance of Boundary Objects, Brokers and Platforms to Service Innovation

  • Lars Fuglsang
  • John Damm Scheuer
Part of the Service Science: Research and Innovations in the Service Economy book series (SSRI)


Collaboration across organisational boundaries is becoming more important for service innovation. But coordination across boundaries is not unproblematic, as shown in the literature. Actors have different working routines, different practices, time schedules, values, frames of reference, specialisations, cultures, habits, and so on. This is especially true in public-private collaboration where people have different professional roles, professional values and different conceptions of the user/citizen/client. Following the literature on boundary objects, it is argued that actors in such a context must collaborate in a disunified way by constructing a boundary object that can tie them together. The contribution of the chapter is to examine, in two Danish case studies, organisational aspects of this collaboration by looking into the specific roles of the broker and platform organisation, and the links between them, for shaping inter-organisational collaboration. The chapter compares innovation activities in two public-private innovation networks in services (ServPPINs) and discusses the role of brokers, platform organisation and boundary objects in the two cases.


Social World Boundary Object Health School Service Innovation Organisational Boundary 
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This chapter is written as part of the research project ServPPIN, which is partly financed by the EU 7th Framework Programme. The full title of the project is The contribution of public and private services to European growth and welfare, and the role of public-private innovation networks.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lars Fuglsang
    • 1
  • John Damm Scheuer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of CommunicationBusiness and Information Technologies, Roskilde UniversityRoskildeDenmark

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