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Social Innovation
Blurring Boundaries to Reconfigure Markets
Edited by Alex Nicholls and Alex Murdock
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
16 Dec 2011
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The study of social innovation offers the opportunity to grapple with the central real-world challenges of our time. Indeed, rather than conceptualizing social innovation as a subset of technological-economic innovation, it may be the case that the reverse now makes a more compelling case. As this volume underlines, social innovation offers potential solutions to climate change, the crisis of the welfare state, health pandemics and failures, social dislocation and inequality, and educational failure. The need to address – if not solve – these 'wicked problems' presents us with global challenges that will become increasingly evident in all our everyday lives. It is, therefore, the ultimate purpose of this book to suggest that a focus on the sixth wave of social innovation represents not only a scholarly opportunity but a global imperative.


Description

The study of social innovation offers the opportunity to grapple with the central real-world challenges of our time. Indeed, rather than conceptualizing social innovation as a subset of technological-economic innovation, it may be the case that the reverse now makes a more compelling case. As this volume underlines, social innovation offers potential solutions to climate change, the crisis of the welfare state, health pandemics and failures, social dislocation and inequality, and educational failure. The need to address – if not solve – these 'wicked problems' presents us with global challenges that will become increasingly evident in all our everyday lives. It is, therefore, the ultimate purpose of this book to suggest that a focus on the sixth wave of social innovation represents not only a scholarly opportunity but a global imperative.


Contents

The Nature of Social Innovation
PART I: CONTEXT AND FRAMEWORKS
The Theoretical Foundations of Social Innovation
Considering Context: Social Innovation and Social Enterprise in Comparative Perspective
The Loop, the Lens, and the Lesson: Using Resilience Theory to Examine Public Policy and Social Innovation
The Limits of Economic Value in Measuring the Performance of Social Innovation
PART II: STRATEGIES AND LOGICS
Social Innovation in the Delivery of Public Services: Social Enterprises: Cooperation and Competition
Agency in Social Innovation: Putting the 'Model of the Model' in the Agent
The 'Porcupine in the Room': Socio-Religious Entrepreneurs and Innovators Within the Framework of Social Innovation
Social Entrepreneurs in a Social Innovation Ecosystem
PART III: SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION
Socio-Ecological Innovation and Transformation
Green Technology Implementation in Developing Countries: Opportunity Identification and Business Model Design
When David Meets Goliath: Sustainable Entrepreneurship and the Evolution of Markets


Authors

ALEX NICHOLLS is the first tenured lecturer in social entrepreneurship appointed at the University of Oxford, UK. He published in a wide range of peer reviewed journals and books, including four sole authored papers in Financial Times Top 30 Journals and eight book chapters. His 2009 paper on social investment won the Best Paper Award (Entrepreneurship) at the British Academy of Management. In 2010, Nicholls edited a Special Edition of Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice on social entrepreneurship – the first time a top tier management journal had recognized the topic in this way. He is the General Editor of the Skoll Working Papers series and the Editor of the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship
ALEX MURDOCK Professor of Not for Profit Management and Leadership and Head of Centre for Government and Charity Management at London South Bank University, UK. The Centre is part of the Social Enterprise Cluster of the Third Sector Research Centre (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council UK). His research focused on the intersection of the public, private and third sectors. He is actively involved in charities and social enterprises as a trustee and board member. He has worked at The University of Paris (Sorbonne), France, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and Brunel University, UK, and is Visiting Professor at two Norwegian Universities. He has degrees from the University of London, University of Maryland, USA, and London Business School, UK. He qualified as a Probation Officer at University of Newcastle and worked in Social Work for 11 years.