This paper presents the fi rst empirical test of innovation type and diffusion in local government. Five types of innovations – one product, three process and one ancillary – were tested in a multivariate model that included environmental, orga- nizational and diffusion variables. The research was conducted on 120 upper tier English local authorities using a multiple informant survey instrument. Results in- dicate that adoption of innovation is both complex and contingent – different factors drive the diffusion of different types of innovation across upper tier English local government. These fi ndings suggest that further research is required on the interac- tions of types of innovation in public organizations and that policy instruments developed to assist adoption need to be sensitive to variations between innovations.
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