Crisis and Organisational Innovation: Icelandic Local Government Responses

  • Anna Cregård School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Rolf Solli School of Business and IT, University of Borås, Sweden
  • Patrik Zapata School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Keywords: innovation, local governments, Iceland, economic crisis, acquiescence

Abstract

This article examines the relationship between radical change in an institutional context and organisational innovation. It is based on an exploratory case study of three Icelandic local governments conducted in autumn 2010 and summer 2011. While many crises, when scrutinised closely, appear to be more like threats of crisis, Iceland’s economic crisis is a genuine crisis with real and immediate effects. The three local governments studied responded to the crisis with actions that promote cooperation, reorganisation, acquiescence and involvement. The study demonstrates that most of these actions were reactive and somewhat non-innovative, though some were innovative – at least in this particular context.
Published
2014-05-08
How to Cite
Cregård, A., Solli, R., & Zapata, P. (2014). Crisis and Organisational Innovation: Icelandic Local Government Responses. Central European Public Administration Review, 10(4). https://doi.org/10.17573/cepar.v10i4.231
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Articles