Transparency Driven Public Sector Innovation: Smart Waterways and Maritime Traffic in Finland

Vaida Meskauskiene, Anna Sell, Anssi Öörni

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Finland is set to take the lead in developing maritime digitalization and autonomous shipping. This transformation rests on transparency efforts by Finnish government, characterized by participatory democracy and co-creation of services in public sector, the end of innovation deficit in public services through introduction of dedicated innovation budgets and open data movement for re-usability purposes. The research employs action research methodology and aims to analyse two forms of transparency driven innovation that took place during 2016–2018 as part of waterway digitalisation initiative by Finnish Transport Agency: ‘Open Data Innovation’ as opening up government processes and data and ‘Open Door Innovation’ approach as transforming service delivery. Both approaches initially resulted in number of innovative services, unintended consequences occurred in later stages of digitalization phase due to the lack of interest from businesses and greater public. We conclude with lessons learned and share recommendations for government to succeed in digitalizing one of the most conservative industries.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationInformation Systems
EditorsMarinos Themistocleous, Paulo Rupino da Cunha
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-11395-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-11394-0
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEuropean, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference - 15th European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference
Duration: 1 Jan 2018 → …


ConferenceEuropean, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference
Period01/01/18 → …

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