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The Business of Social and Environmental Innovation

New Frontiers in Africa

Bitzer, V., Hamann, R., Hall, M., Griffin-EL, E.W. (Eds.)

2015, XI, 235 p. 21 illus., 7 illus. in color.

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  • One of the few books to examine the role of business in social and environmental innovation, particularly in the context of Africa
  • Addresses entrepreneurship, large companies, cross-sector collaboration initiatives, and the role of academia and teachers
  • Frames and complements empirical contributions in a synthesis of key theories and concepts

In the face of limited progress toward addressing poverty and resource degradation, increasing attention has been paid to harnessing the entrepreneurial, innovative, managerial and financial capacities of business for improved social and environmental outcomes. A more proactive role for business in sustainable development is especially pertinent in sub-Saharan Africa, which has been plagued by conflict and poverty but shows signs of a brighter future as the world’s second-fastest-growing region.

This book contributes to the growing body of scholarly work on social and environmental innovation with the two-fold aim of studying the role of business in creating such innovation and focusing the analysis to the African context. To cover the various terrains of social and environmental innovation, this book contains novel empirical cases looking at social or environmental enterprises, social intrapreneurship and innovation in incumbent businesses, and social innovation through cross-sector collaboration. The final part of the book focuses on the implications for academics, exploring the role of universities and business schools in social innovation.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Cross-sector collaboration - Social innovation and enterprises - Sub-Saharan Africa - Sustainable business models - Teaching and education

Related subjects » Education & Language - Entrepreneurship - Innovation - Technology Management - Social Sciences - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

PART I: Introduction


1. The Business of Social and Environmental Innovation: Introduction


PART II: Entrepreneurs


2. Innovations in Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Biofuel Production: The Case of Tanzanian Outgrowers Cultivating Jatropha for the Global Biofuel Chain


3. Social Innovation Through Development Franchising: Compensating for a Lack of Entrepreneurial Expertise and Connecting to Formal Supply Chains


4. Social and Environmental Enterprises in Africa: Context, Convergence and Characteristics


PART III: Corporations


5. The Evolution of a Sustainability Leader: The Development of Strategic and Boundary Spanning Organizational Innovation Capabilities in Woolworths


6. Obstacles To Firms’ Adoption of Socially Embedded Approaches To Bop Markets


7. An Integrated Approach To Poverty Alleviation: Roles of the Private Sector, Government and Civil Society


Part IV: Partnerships


8. Practitioner Case Study: Key Factors for The Successful Implementation of Stakeholder Partnerships: The Case of the African Cashew Initiative


9. From Concord To Conflict: A Conceptual Analysis of a Partnership for Social Innovation


10. Fostering Innovation for Sustainable Food Security: The Southern Africa Food Lab


PART V: Teaching


11. Against Inequality: Towards a Curriculum for Social and Environmental Innovation


12. The Social Innovation Lab: An Experiment in the Pedagogy of Institutional Work

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