Frontline Innovation in Times of Crisis: Learning from the Corona Virus Pandemic

Mia R. K. Hartmann, Rasmus Koss Hartmann

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The current Covid-19 pandemic brings about dramatic challenges for frontline police officers and their organisations. This will, we argue, likely have two implications for frontline learning and innovation. Firstly, the pandemic will surely occasion a surge of frontline improvisation and innovation in police organizations responding to the crisis as the experienced needs for new solutions dramatically increase. Secondly, but equally importantly, this wave of frontline innovation is likely to be more transparent than is typically the case for innovations developed in frontline police work, because of changes in formal mandates and informal tolerance for procedural deviance. At this moment of unusually widespread and transparent frontline innovation, we propose an approach to capturing and diffusing this frontline innovation. By taking seriously the unique dynamics of frontline innovation, such an approach is likely to capture valuable innovations that might otherwise rapidly dissipate and be lost.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSSRN: Social Science Research Network
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2020


  • Frontline innovation
  • Organizational learning
  • Lessons learned
  • Corona Virus

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