This report deals with entrepreneurship in the Queensland Public Service (QPS). The literature review examines entrepreneurship in general and then determines how applicable this is to the corporate and public sectors. A fundamental issue is that entrepreneurship in the public sector is concerned with the culture and hence the people of an organisation. Any attempt to become entrepreneurial will fail unless it is supported by the culture of the organisation. Other important issues are a suitable compensation policy and management of risk.
The next part of the report considers some specific issues in the QPS. The Premier of Queensland gives his view on entrepreneurship, and then two Departments are examined. These are the Department of Primary Industries and the Main Roads Department. Both have been entrepreneurial for some time, but also recognise there are barriers to entrepreneurship which must be overcome. Management of entrepreneurs is discussed, and some suggestions are made on how entrepreneurs can act most effectively within the QPS.
Finally, eight recommendations are offered for consideration. These call for a clear policy statement from the Premier; the Premier's Department to be a facilitator in entrepreneurship; a statement from Treasury on revenue sharing; formal policies stated within all Departments; compensation plans for innovators tailored to improved work performance; innovation to be a part of job specifications; a discrete part of Departmental budgets being allocated for entrepreneurial activities; and a group formed within each Department to integrate and network QPS activities.