The concept of innovation in social economy. A review and a research agenda
Current research provides evidence that traditional business and public sector organizations are not the only structures that encourage development through innovation. A more recent form of organization known under the name of "social enterprise" has a great potential to innovate services, products and processes which can create social value. We have reviewed an array of social economy literature incorporating into it the concept of innovation. Following the grounded theory procedure we have analysed 59 papers in the field of social economy published between 1990 and 2014 so as to see the current state of knowledge regarding the innovative dimension of social enterprises. The innovative dimension of the social enterprise has been found to have been rather neglected by the research field, which tend to adhere to a more theoretical rather than empirical direction. A future research agenda is proposed here, so as to address this issue.
Volume (Year): 11 (2016)
Issue (Month): 1 (June)
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