Policy labs as arenas for boundary spanning

  • The recently adopted German Online Access Act triggered the creation of digitalization labs for designing digital services, bringing together federal, state, and local authorities; end-users; and private-sector actors. These labs provide opportunities for boundary spanning due to organizational field and lab features. Our comparative case studies on three digitalization labs show variations in boundary spanning and reveal lab members de-coupling from their parent organizations to a varying extent. We have concluded labs offer boundary spanning that supports safeguarding the legitimacy of innovative policy designs but also raise concerns over public accountability.

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Author details:Julia FleischerORCiDGND, Nora Carstens
Title of parent work (English):Public Management Review
Subtitle (English):inside the digital transformation in Germany
Place of publishing:London
Publication type:Article
Date of first publication:2021/03/01
Publication year:2021
Release date:2022/09/22
Tag:boundary spanning; collaboration; digitalization; inter-governmental relations
First page:1208
Last Page:1225
Funding institution:European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (H2020-EU.3.6.3.)
Funding number:726840
Organizational units:Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakult├Ąt / Sozialwissenschaften / Fachgruppe Politik- & Verwaltungswissenschaft
DDC classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 32 Politikwissenschaft / 320 Politikwissenschaft
License (German):License LogoCC-BY-NC-ND - Namensnennung, nicht kommerziell, keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International
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