The role of public procurement in the formation of markets for innovation

Mercedes Bleda, Julien Chicot

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In this work we analyze the ways in which public procurement can encourage business innovation by supporting the formation of markets for new products, technologies and services. We use an evolutionary analytical framework in which markets for innovation are defined as dynamic complex systems whose function is the creation and coordination of knowledge as they develop over time. We show that public procurement has a key role in supporting this function throughout all the stages in the process of market development, and identify specific tools and actions that can be implemented at different phases of the procurement cycle to do so. We illustrate the main conceptual arguments of our analysis with examples from existing case studies on the public procurement of innovations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-196
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Business Research
Early online date21 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2019


  • Innovation
  • Public procurement
  • markets as complex systems
  • evolutionary market formation
  • knowledge coordination

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research


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