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Theories of Social Innovation

Danielle Logue, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
As we grapple with how to respond to some of the world’s most pressing problems, such as inequality, poverty and climate change, there is growing global interest in ‘social innovation’ as a potential solution. But what exactly is ‘social innovation’? This book describes three ways to theorise social innovation when seeking to manage and organize for both social and economic progress.
Extent: 192 pp
Hardback Price: $110.00 Web: $99.00
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78643 688 7
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As we grapple with how to respond to some of the world’s most pressing problems, there is growing global interest in ‘social innovation’ as a potential solution. But what exactly is ‘social innovation’? And how can it help us to think about problems such as inequality, poverty and climate change?

Danielle Logue theorizes social innovation as a contemporary manifestation of the historical tensions between ‘economy’ and ‘society’ and the simultaneous pursuit of economic and social progress. Going back to the historical work of Adam Smith and his discussion of markets and morality, the author draws on organizational and management theory to present three theoretical lenses for understanding social innovation. These lenses include theorizing social innovation as social value creation, capture and distribution; social innovation as polysemous; and social innovation as institutional change. She then considers some of the current issues confronting social innovation in practice and the challenges for organizations in ‘doing good’ and ‘being good’.

This generative introduction is targeted at graduate and doctoral students, as well as non-specialist academics. It aims to stimulate further discussion and analysis by providing a comprehensive understanding of social innovation and a choice of frameworks when examining complex and wicked problems and the organization and management of efforts to solve them.
Contents: Introduction: the aim and structure of the book 1. Social innovation and its contemporary evolution 2. Social innovation as social value creation, capture and distribution 3. Social innovation as polysemous 4. Social innovation as institutional change 5. Social innovation: Morality, markets and theories of impact 6. Social innovation: Tensions in purpose and practice Index