Play at work, learning and innovation

Kinder, Tony, Stenvall, Jari and Memon, Ally (2019) Play at work, learning and innovation. Public Management Review, 21 (3). pp. 376-399. ISSN 1471-9037

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Suggesting a virtuous triangle constituting public service innovation of new governances, innovation and learning, the paper examines how and why a particular mode of learning occurs: that of play. Having identified an absence of research literature on play as a catalyst for new ideas in public services, the paper argues that the diversified nature of public services and disciplinary intermixing offers fertile ground for playing with new service ideas. Our conception of play avoids functional interpretations, such as Amabile or individualizing the results of play and instead draws upon Vygotsky’s social learning theory to conceptualize play as a group activity from which new ideas emerge and suggest a new framework for understanding purposive play at work and the contribution it can make to public service innovation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Innovation, play, governances, learning
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2021 15:38
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 10:46

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