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Social innovation: Buzz word or enduring term?

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  • Pol, Eduardo
  • Ville, Simon

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The term 'social innovation' has come into common parlance in recent years. Some analysts consider social innovation no more than a buzz word or passing fad that is too vague to be usefully applied to academic scholarship. Some social scientists, however, see significant value in the concept of social innovation because it identifies a critical type of innovation. In this paper, we suggest one possible definition of social innovation and show that when its empirical meaning is distilled, the term is of great importance. We distinguish social innovation from business innovation, and identify a subset of social innovations that requires government support.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics).

Volume (Year): 38 (2009)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 878-885

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Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:38:y:2009:i:6:p:878-885

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Keywords: Business innovation Social innovation Pure social innovation Bifocal innovation Government support;

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  1. Ayla ESEN & Ozen ASIK-DIZDAR, 2014. "Regional Innovation As Part Of Regional Development Agenda In Turkey: The Role Of Development Agencies," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 14(1), pages 145-158.
  2. Anna Dimitrova & Katarina Hollan & Daphne Laster & Andreas Reinstaller & Margit Schratzenstaller & Ewald Walterskirchen & Teresa Weiss, 2013. "Literature review on fundamental concepts and definitions, objectives and policy goals as well as instruments relevant for socio-ecological transition," WWWforEurope Working Papers series 40, WWWforEurope.
  3. Iizuka, Michiko, 2013. "Innovation systems framework: still useful in the new global context?," MERIT Working Papers 005, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
  4. Carla Susana MARQUES & Chris GERRY & Francisco DINIZ & Ana LuĂ­sa FERREIRA, 2012. "Social Innovation: Determinants of the Demand for High-Quality Institutional Care by the Elderly," Journal of Knowledge Management, Economics and Information Technology, ScientificPapers.org, vol. 2(2), pages 3, April.
  5. Andreas Reinstaller, 2013. "An evolutionary view on social innovation and the process of economic change," WWWforEurope Working Papers series 43, WWWforEurope.

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