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Innovations in Doing and Being: Capability Innovations at the Intersection of Schumpeterian Political Economy and Human Development


  • Rafael Ziegler


This paper seeks to contribute to a conceptual perspective with which to approach the evaluations and explanation of social entrepreneurs as agents of social change. First, it discusses the capability approach as a comprehensive normative framework with which to articulate ‘the social’ in a way that deals with the triple challenge of specifying ‘the social’ in a context of conflicts of interests, value diversity and exclusive public spheres. Second, the paper proposes two explanatory hypotheses of innovation for social change: (a) social innovation as the carrying out of new combinations of capabilities; (b) social entrepreneurs as characterized by their capacity to imagine and carry out new combinations of capabilities. The combination of capabilities suggests a subset of human development where ethics meets innovation: a capability innovation pathway at the crossroads of long-term, societal perspectives on change (human development, Schumpeterian economic development) where innovation is social and capability advancement entrepreneurial.

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  • Rafael Ziegler, 2010. "Innovations in Doing and Being: Capability Innovations at the Intersection of Schumpeterian Political Economy and Human Development," Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 1(2), pages 255-272, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jsocen:v:1:y:2010:i:2:p:255-272
    DOI: 10.1080/19420676.2010.511818

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    1. Choi, Nia & Majumdar, Satyajit, 2014. "Social entrepreneurship as an essentially contested concept: Opening a new avenue for systematic future research," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 29(3), pages 363-376.
    2. Scarlato, Margherita, 2012. "Social Enterprise, Capabilities and Development: Lessons from Ecuador," MPRA Paper 37618, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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