Managing Social Innovation

Lawrence, Thomas B., Dover, Graham and Gallagher, Bryan (2014) Managing Social Innovation. In: Dodgson, Mark, Gann, David and Phillips, Nelson, (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Innovation Management. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 316-334. ISBN 978-0199694945


In this chapter, we examine the scholarly literature on managing social innovation and develop a theoretical framework to advance research in this area. We first discuss the main themes in the social innovation literature, including the social construction of social problems, the social and historical embedding of novel solutions, the structural process in organization of social innovation, and the distribution of benefits as an inherently political and ethically contestable issue. We then develop a framework for studying social innovation that addresses key weaknesses in the existing literature. We propose a theoretical framework that emphasizes the idea of social innovation as a transformational process centered around the recursive relationship between the social construction of social problems and the creation of novel solutions.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Innovation management, Design, Research and development, New product development, Social innovation, Science and technology, Business innovation, Open innovation, Project management, Japan, China
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2015 11:13
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2018 15:54
Funders: University of Queensland Business School, Australian Research Council, Innovation Studies Centre at Imperial College, supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

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