Challenge Social Innovation

Potentials for Business, Social Entrepreneurship, Welfare and Civil Society

Editors: Franz, Hans-Werner, Hochgerner, Josef, Howaldt, Jürgen (Eds.)

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In recent years, social innovation has experienced a steep career. Numerous national governments and large organisations like the OECD, the European Commission and UNESCO have adopted the term. Social innovation basically means that people adopt new social practices in order to meet social needs in a different or more effective way. Prominent examples of the past are the Red Cross and the social welfare state or, at present, the internet 2.0 transforming our communication and cooperation schemes, requiring new management concepts, even empowering social revolutions. The traditional concept of innovation as successful new technological products needs fundamental rethinking in a society marked by knowledge and services, leading to a new and enriched paradigm of innovation. There is multiple evidence that social innovation will become of growing importance not only concerning social integration, equal opportunities and dealing with the greenhouse effects but also with regard to preserving and expanding the innovative capacity of companies and societies. While political authorities stress the social facets of social innovation, this book also encompasses its societal and systemic dimensions, collecting the scientific expertise of renowned experts and scholars from all over the world. Based on the contributions of the first world-wide science convention on social innovation from September 2011 in Vienna, the book provides an overview of scientific approaches to this still relatively new field.

Forewords by Agnès HUBERT (Member of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) of the European Commission) and Antonella Noya (Senior Policy Analyst at OECD, manager of the OECD LEED Forum on Social Innovations)

About the authors

Hans-Werner Franz is a senior researcher at Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund, a social research centre and central scientific unit of TU Dortmund, founder (1994) and for many years executive director of Social Innovation Ltd, Dortmund (Germany) Josef Hochgerner is a professor at the University of Vienna (Austria) and the founder (1990) and scientific director of the Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna (www.zsi.at) Jürgen Howaldt is a professor at the Dortmund University of Technology (Germany) and the director of Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund, a social research centre and central scientific unit of TU Dortmund

Reviews

From the reviews:

“The book covers a wide range of topics, like theoretical underpinnings for social innovation research, the importance of social innovation and the service sector or social innovation and entrepreneurship. … the book is a very valuable introduction into the area of social innovation and is very useful for everybody who wants to get up to date with this important area of innovation.” (Thomas W. Thurner, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, January, 2014)

Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Challenge Social Innovation: An Introduction

    Franz, Hans-Werner (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Social Innovation Theories: Can Theory Catch Up with Practice?

    Mulgan, Geoff

    Pages 19-42

  • Shaping Social Innovation by Social Research

    Howaldt, Jürgen (et al.)

    Pages 43-55

  • Do Non-humans Make a Difference? The Actor-Network-Theory and the Social Innovation Paradigm

    Degelsegger, Alexander (et al.)

    Pages 57-72

  • Social Innovation: What Is Coming Apart and What Is Being Rebuilt?

    Harrisson, Denis

    Pages 73-86

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Challenge Social Innovation
Book Subtitle
Potentials for Business, Social Entrepreneurship, Welfare and Civil Society
Editors
  • Hans-Werner Franz
  • Josef Hochgerner
  • Jürgen Howaldt
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-32879-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-32879-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-32878-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44442-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 386
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