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In this paper, we address the research question of to what extent is it possible to discern theories of change being built into the business practices of nascent social enterprises in ways that lay foundations for the subsequent upscaling of their social innovations? We argue that social enterprises that are ‘ready-to-upscale’ are those that clearly produce a solution to an underlying problem, and where their activities are clearly derived from the underlying problem, and also those activities clearly connect forward to deliver consistent solutions. We apply a Theories of Change approach to the concept of social entrepreneurship as a means of setting a criterion for ‘ready-to-upscale’, studying six Sri Lankan micro-social enterprises in which we can trace stories of impact. This provides a means to develop a model of the ways that social entrepreneurship creates the foundations for structural changes that reduce systematic inequalities, and offers social enterprise funders a framework to better stimulate emergence of social enterprises ready-to-upscale and deliver social innovation.

2022 ◽  
Vol 193 ◽  
pp. 107336
Rafael Ziegler ◽  
Josephine Balzac-Arroyo ◽  
Rick Hölsgens ◽  
Sarah Holzgreve ◽  
Fergus Lyon ◽  

2022 ◽  
Vol 6 (1) ◽  
pp. 14-36
João M. S. Carvalho

This study had three objectives: to discover the main concepts and theories used in research around entrepreneurship; systematize the entrepreneurial process in a model that allows teaching it more efficiently, and substantiate the model by applying it to various social entrepreneurship projects. To this end, a systematic scoping review was carried out to identify the main concepts, theories, and processes, which constitute the six crucial building blocks to someone could be successful as a(n) (social) intra/entrepreneur. Then, a design-science approach led us to use real social innovation and social entrepreneurship cases to evaluate the constructs and the model. Consequently, it is concluded that all concepts, theories and models identified can be classified as external factors (Context and Resources), internal factors (Objectives and entrepreneurial Will) and achievements (Action and Impact). The CROWAI model fits well with the data obtained on 465 innovation and social entrepreneurship projects. Thus, this model presents a more comprehensive approach, applicable to all profitable or social intra/entrepreneurship situations, allowing this new conceptual arrangement to be more easily taught. Additionally, it makes sense to use the term ‘social’ in innovation and intra/entrepreneurship because it has excellent defining power of the scope one wants to achieve with human endeavours. Doi: 10.28991/ESJ-2022-06-01-02 Full Text: PDF

Conjecturas ◽  
2022 ◽  
Vol 22 (1) ◽  
pp. 304-328
Fabiana Pinto de Almeida Bizarria ◽  
Flávia Lorenne Sampaio Barbosa ◽  
Danielle Maria Apolonio Rodrigues ◽  
Rogeane Morais Ribeiro

A pesquisa objetiva compreender o campo científico do tema Empreendedorismo Social a partir de pesquisas que abordam o campo de públicas. Após levantamento de 157 artigos indexados na base Web of Science, de 1945 a 2021, utilizando-se da palavra “social entrepreneurship”, no título, e “public”, em todos os campos, os dados foram inseridos no software VOSviewer para a construção dos mapas bibliométricos. Os resultados em relação às redes de (i) co-corrência de palavras-chave, que definiu: cluster 1 agrupou as palavras “field”, “innovation”, “legitimacy”, “organizations”, e “performance”; o cluster 2 que reuniu as palavras “challenges”, “management”, “perspective” e “social innovation”; o cluster 3, uniu as palavras “entrepreneurship”, “social economy”, “social enterprise” e “social entrepreseurship”; cluster 4 com as palavras “context”, “enterprise”, “impact” e “work”; cluster 5 “business”, “responsibility” e “susteainability”. Em relação à rede de (ii) co-citação por artigo, têm-se o cluster 1, com os autores Agafonow (2014), Bacq (2011), Fowler (2000), o cluster 2, com Baron (2007), Hoogendoorn (2016), Short (2009), o cluster 3, com Bacq (2018), Desa (2013) e o cluster 4, representado por Cook (2003), Karosec (2006). Outras três análises evidenciam um campo de estudo atrelado às questões críticas da sociedade, como crises socioambientais.

2022 ◽  
Cristina Patrascu ◽  

„Social innovation” have gained the focus of interest of many researchers and professionals preoccupied to find solutions to heavy societal problems manifesting themselves as challenges or obstacles for public organizations in the field of services of general interest. The present article explores the specialty research on the impact of social innovation concentrating on the most recent trends and concepts that better describe the ways that can lead to the „diffusion” of social innovation, particularly in the domain of services that are designed with the goal to ensure a higher quality life for all citizens. The main objective of our paper is to contribute to the conceptual field of innovation, by presenting a clear definition and by highlighting the newest trends in research. We also tried to identify what are the possible strategies to be applied by stakeholders in order to ensure the process of scaling up, bringing examples that prove the relevance of this concept in the field of public services. In light of recent developments in the field of social innovation, we consider that both research and practice related to „scaling up” need further evolution and more efforts in order to become solid points of reference for all interested parties. At the same time, the development of rigorous systems of evaluation of the effects and impact of innovation is strongly needed. The methods used are mainly qualitative, based on the evaluation of the specialty literature on innovation in services, and comparative, applied to highlight similarities and differences between various cases of innovation in the social sector that may be transferred in the public sector.

2022 ◽  
Vol ahead-of-print (ahead-of-print) ◽  
Deni̇z Palalar Alkan ◽  
Mustafa Ozbilgin ◽  
Rifat Kamasak

PurposeCoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic had an adverse impact on workforce diversity internationally. While in the Global North, many countries have sophisticated laws and organizational mechanisms and discourses to deal with such adverse impacts on workforce diversity, such structures of diversity management are either ceremonial or poorly developed in the Global South. The global pandemic disproportionately impacted Global North and Global South increases the existing gap due to vaccine rollout inequality and divergence in recoveries. The authors explore social innovation as a possible option for responding to the challenges induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.Design/methodology/approachThe study draws on interviews in 26 distinctive organizations operating in various industries in Turkey. The authors have adopted a qualitative design to explore how social innovation helps to respond to diversity concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.FindingsThe authors demonstrate that social innovation presents a viable option for a country with a poorly regulated context of diversity management. Social innovation could help overcome the challenge of the absence of supportive legislation, discourses and practices of diversity in poorly regulated contexts.Originality/valueThe field study revealed several distinct forms of social innovation for diversity management, which emerged as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors demonstrate that in the absence of supportive diversity management structures and frameworks, social innovation in diversity management at the organizational level could provide a viable response to the emergent needs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Malin Lindberg ◽  
Johan Hvenmark ◽  
Cecilia Nahnfeldt

The innovative contributions of third sector organizations (TSOs) to tackle work-related societal challenges are increasingly acknowledged in policy and research, but rarely in Nordic working life studies. The article helps fill this knowledge gap by an empirical mapping of efforts by Swedish TSOs to promote work inclusion among people considered disadvantaged in the regular labor market, due to age, disabilities, origin, etc. Previous studies of social innovation help distinguish their innovativeness in terms of alternative or complementary ways to perceive and promote work inclusion in regard to Swedish labor market policies. By combining various measures for providing and preparing work opportunities, addressing their participants through individualistic and holistic approaches, and managing work inclusion by varying organization, funding, and alliances, the mapped cases seem to innovatively compensate for government and market failures in the work inclusion domain to some extent, while also being limited by their own voluntary failures.

2022 ◽  
Vol 14 (2) ◽  
pp. 639
Evangelos Katsamakas ◽  
Kostapanos Miliaresis ◽  
Oleg V. Pavlov

The platform business model has attracted significant attention in business research and practice. However, much of the existing literature studies commercial platforms that seek to maximize profit. In contrast, we focus on a platform for volunteers that aims to maximize social impact. This business model is called a platform for the common good. The article proposes a Causal Loop Diagram (CLD) model that explains how a platform for the common good creates value. Our model maps the key strategic feedback loops that constitute the core structure of the platform and explains its growth and performance through time. We show that multiple types of network effects create interlocking, reinforcing feedback loops. Overall, the article contributes towards a dynamic theory of the platforms for the common good. Moreover, the article provides insights for social entrepreneurs who seek to build, understand, and optimize platforms that maximize social value and managers of companies that seek to participate in such platforms. Social entrepreneurs should seek to leverage the critical feedback loops of their platform.

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