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Buying Solutions

Buying Solutions

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Published by Joshua Gans
Joshua Gans, "Buying Solutions: Government Procurement for Innovation," Victorian Government Workshop, 28th February, 2008.
Joshua Gans, "Buying Solutions: Government Procurement for Innovation," Victorian Government Workshop, 28th February, 2008.

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Buying Solutions:Government procurement forinnovation
Joshua GansCentre for Ideas and the EconomyMelbourne Business School
 
The matching problem
Onedayin1943,EdwinLandsthree-year-olddaughteraskedwhyshecouldnotimmediatelyseethepicturehehadjusttakenofher.Withinanhour,thisscientistconceivedthecamerathatwouldtransformhiscompany.Inotherwords,Landsvisionwasthesynthesisoftheinsightinvokedbyhisdaughtersquestionandhisvasttechnicalknowledge.
How does need and innovation come together?
 
Coordination
Many good technical solutions exist within the community
Users have solved their own problems
Problems could be easily solved but for clear articulation andcommunication of a need
Current policies: aimed at making it less costly to generatesolutions (Supply push)
Need policies that are aim at making it easier to articulateneeds and gaps (Demand pull)
It might be more efficient to have problemsseeking solutions than solutions seekingproblems.”

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