Social innovation is becoming a core value of the EU flagship initiative Innovation Union, but it is not clearly demarcated as it covers a wide field of topics. To understand social innovation within European policymaking a brief outline is given of EC policy developments on innovation and on workplace innovation. Definitions of social innovation formulated at the societal level and the organizational or workplace level are discussed. Empirical research findings of workplace innovation in the Netherlands are presented as examples showing that workplace innovation activities boost organizational performance. The article explores the relation between workplace innovation and social innovation, and concludes that policy developments in the EU can be studied with the theory of social quality, provided that the latter in its empirical approach focuses on how individuals together constitute innovations.
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Peter R. A. Oeij, Steven Dhondt, and Ton Korver
Social Innovation, Local Governance and Social Quality
The Case of Intersectoral Collaboration in Hangzhou City
Yong Li, Ying Sun, and Ka Lin
In contemporary European policy discussion, “innovation“ is a term popularly used for finding responses to the pressure of global competition. In various forms of innovation, the accent is mainly given to technical and business innovation but less to social innovation. This article studies the issue of social innovation with reference to the local practice in Hangzhou city, which aims to strengthen the life quality of citizens in this city. These practices develop various forms of inter-sectoral collaboration, resulting in numerous "common denominator subject" (CDS) groups that are promoted by the local government. These practices follow the principles of cooperation and partnership, and thus develop a corporatist mechanism for urban development. Through discussion of these practices this article explores the nature and the features of these CDS groups, and evaluates its meaning for social innovation, local administration, life quality and social quality.
Constanza Parra and Casey Walsh
Wright has called “real utopias”—existing efforts to form engagements and institutions based on social innovation and empowerment ( Wright 2010 ). Faced with the urgent task of creating an environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable, just and
An Exogenous Path of Development
Explaining the Rise of Corporate Social Responsibility in China
Ka Lin, Dan Banik, and Longfei Yi
social innovation at the level of firms and local governments. Several studies have also highlighted ways to combine CSR with strategies for improving corporate image and corporate governance. Thus, we find that CSR studies in China have evolved from CSR
Inclusive innovation and sustainable development in affordable habitat
From the linear intervention model to Social Technological Systems
English abstract: In the last thirty years, Latin America has seen a significant growth in a set of approaches, schools of thought and social movements, which posit that is impossible to effect a transformation in the region without processes focused on inclusion and democracy. Recent analyses on some of these trends reveal the existence of linear and deterministic assumptions in the various models used to address the issue. From the analytical dimension to the regulatory, this work puts forward an inclusive and participatory development model. Unlike technological systems based on income maximization, private appropriation and benefit restriction, Social Technological Systems represent a systemic strategic vision: new development paths, new ways of thinking about problems and socio-technical solutions, and new ways of exercising democracy.
Spanish abstract: En los últimos treinta años, América Latina ha visto crecer significativamente un conjunto de enfoques, corrientes y movimientos sociales que sostienen la imposibilidad de transformar la región si no es a través de procesos que valoricen la inclusión y la democracia. Recientes análisis sobre algunas de estas corrientes ponen en evidencia la continuidad de supuestos lineales y deterministas. De la dimensión analítica a la regulatoria, este trabajo propone un modelo de desarrollo inclusivo y participativo. Frente a los sistemas tecnológicos basados en la maximización de la renta, la apropiación privada y la restricción de los beneficios, los Sistemas Tecnológicos Sociales responden a una visión estratégica sistémica: nuevos senderos de desarrollo, nuevas formas de concebir problemas y soluciones socio-técnicas, nuevas formas de ejercer la democracia.
French abstract: Durant les trente dernières années, l’Amérique latine a connu la croissance significative d’un ensemble d’approches, d’écoles de pensée et de mouvements sociaux qui revendiquent l’impossibilité d’une transformation dans la région sans processus inclusifs et démocratiques. Des analyses récentes de certaines de ces tendances révèlent l’existence de suppositions linéaires et déterministes dans les modèles utilisés. Partant d’une dimension analytique vers une perspective règlementaire, ce travail revendique un modèle de développement inclusif et participatif. A la différence des systèmes technologiques fondés sur la maximisation des revenus, l’appropriation privée et la restriction des bénéfices, les Systèmes Sociaux Technologiques représentent une vision systémique stratégique : des voies et des manières nouvelles pour penser les problèmes et les solutions sociotechniques et des formes novatrices d’exercice démocratique.
The social quality theory developed over a decade has run into new subject areas of discussion in accordance with the changed international climate of academic debates. Ten years ago, the main focus of these debates was located on the themes of welfare state vs. welfare society, social policy vs. economic policy, and the individual concerns vs. “the social”; the continuous work on the foundation of this theory has led to new issues including sustainability, social innovation, and urban development entering the debate. With regard to the sustainability issue, for instance, the Rio conference of 2012 on human sustainability offered a global forum for experts and policymakers to analyze societal trends and related challenges. These developments provide a new driving force for the social quality theory to move into new directions. This issue of IJSQ includes several articles that reflect this development.
Innovation in Israel
Between Politics, Society, and Culture
Sigal Ben-Rafael Galanti, Fany Yuval, and Assaf Meydani
): 817 – 831 . https://doi.org/10.1108/00251741211227528 10.1108/00251741211227528 Moulaert , Frank , Diana MacCallum , Abid Mehmood , and Abdelillah Hamdouch . 2013 . “ General Introduction: The Return of Social Innovation as a Scientific
Changing the Relationship between Philanthropy and Democracy?
Joshua Murchie and Jean-Paul Gagnon
. The Rise of Little Philanthropy There is, however, a group of practitioners who look poised to disrupt the underlying conditions of the second problem. Little Phil ( https://littlephil.org/ ), a social innovation and civic initiative that sprang from
(Not) Becoming the Norm
Military Service by Religious Israeli Women as a Process of Social Legitimation
: 60–61) present a four-step model describing how a social issue/value/ norm can achieve legitimacy. First, a form of social innovation develops in response to a new need or purpose. Not all innovations constructed during this step achieve legitimacy
Representation of Innovation in Seventeenth-Century England
A View from Natural Philosophy
nineteenth century—although some writers discuss social innovation using the positive idea of (social) reform. For example, in 1888, a popular edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica included a long article on communism, which begins as follows: “Communism