Socio-Tech Innovation

Harnessing Technology for Social Good

Editors: Poonamallee, Latha, Scillitoe, Joanne, Joy, Simy (Eds.)

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  • Introduces a conceptual framework to define, understand and study socio-tech innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Provides case studies about social ventures that use technology as a core or enabling factor to solve social and environmental problems with the benefits accruing to the larger society
  • Presents disruptive socio-tech organizing models that are different from those of traditional tech ventures and/or traditional nonprofits
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This book defines socio-technological innovation and lays out different aspects of technology innovation and adoption literature as applied to socio-tech innovation and entrepreneurship. Socio-tech innovation refers to novel solutions that involve development or adoption of technological innovations to address social and/or environmental problems with a view towards creating benefit for the larger whole rather than just for the owners or investors. Unlike conventional technological innovation, socio-tech innovation either develops a product specifically for underserved markets and adopts a model in which the market is not an afterthought but the rai-son d’etre. Social ventures have not been as successful in scaling up, though technology innovation-led ventures have; therefore, meaningful actionable insights that can help social ventures scale up successfully can be gleaned by this process. This book offers researchers in innovation and entrepreneurship programs a unique and interdisciplinary approach to studying social innovation that is grounded in technology innovation. This book features a series of socio-tech venture cases that illustrate these dynamics and can be used in undergraduate and graduate courses.

About the authors

Latha Poonamallee is Associate Professor and Chair of Management & Social Innovation at The New School, USA. 
Joanne Scillitoe is the inaugural Paul Jennings Chair in Entrepreneurship and a Professor of Management at California State, Northridge, USA. 
Simy Joy is a Research Fellow at the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, India.

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A key premise of this book is to understand what qualifies as a “socio-tech venture” and, perhaps more importantly, what does not qualify! While exuberance to embrace all things “social” can be exciting and productive, emphasizing “all things social” is not and should not be the same as “accepting as social all things.” Scillitoe, Poonamalle and Joy approach that distinction with an important, critical eye, such as where – as the book describes it – “social impact is a byproduct at best” (Introduction). This book’s efforts are a welcome and useful bridge between theory and practice by exploring experiences of a discrete and diverse collection of companies and their principals. The technology thread provides a convenient way of more easily finding similarities and differences with regard to early points of decision and the choices made. That socio-technology thread should not discourage a more general reader from delving deeply and extrapolating how the lessons and their contexts can apply more broadly, especially to identifying those situations and approaches that result in what I call “differentiated social good.”

-John Tyler, General Counsel, Secretary, and Chief Ethics Officer, Kauffman Foundation

 

This is an important book in the social entrepreneurship conversation, emphasizing the role of technology as an addition to the usual discussions about entrepreneurial character, innovation and social incentives. We are drawn into engaging cases – many in India and Africa, but also in Mexico and the USA – where technological resources are servants in addressing social challenges in a way that is not only impressive but can inspire new and creative responses to human need. A potential textbook, but also a contribution to scholarly conversation about social entrepreneurship and social enterprise

-Ana Maria Peredo, Professor Political Ecology, Former Director Research Centre for Co-operative and Community -Based Economies. University of Victoria, Canada

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Introduction: Socio-Tech Venturing—Theoretical Lens of Key Areas of Complexities

    Pages 1-13

    Scillitoe, Joanne (et al.)

  • Harnessing Power at the Edge: A Case of MBISSA Energy Systems, a Socio-Tech Venture from Africa

    Pages 15-27

    Venugopal, Aparna (et al.)

  • How Technology Led to the Empowerment of Women Lenders and Borrowers

    Pages 29-50

    Walske, Jennifer M. (et al.)

  • The Vanishing Blue Gold—An Old Problem, a New Technology and a Big Idea—Clensta International

    Pages 51-71

    Desai, Malavika (et al.)

  • The Elusive Model of Technology, Media, Social Development, and Financial Sustainability

    Pages 73-102

    Seth, Aaditeshwar

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Socio-Tech Innovation
Book Subtitle
Harnessing Technology for Social Good
Editors
  • Latha Poonamallee
  • Joanne Scillitoe
  • Simy Joy
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-39554-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-39554-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-39553-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 315
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
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