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In order to tackle complex challenges we need collaboration across sectors (between state and society) as well as between ministries and administrative levels (e.g. often innovative initiatives are local, but the federal level has littles possibilities to empower their creativity and learn from them). Often gov.labs impact just one ministry or administrative level, and has no mandate to transform the political system as such. Do you know of any successful gov.lab in this regard?
Thanks and best wishes, Patrizia Nanz
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Governments don't act in the interests of people, nor of innovation labs, collaboratively nor in any other human sense. They follow their manifestos which are composed and influenced by foreigners and foreign business aims, and almost never with home business aims nor anything which could remotely be associated with humanity.
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What the challenges and future agenda toward implementing social innovation for young entrepreneur ?
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I am hoping to conducts research related to corporate social innovation and having some doubts about what is the theory that is this based on.
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YOU CAN CHECK ON GOOGLE ACADEMIC:
RESPONSABILIDAD SOCIAL CORPORATIVA E INNOVACIÓN: PROPUESTA DE DISEÑO PARA SU MEDICIÓN, Dr. Juan Mejía Trejo Dr. José Sánchez Gutiérrez Dr. Silvio Hernández Cotón Universidad de Guadalajara.
LA OPEN INNOVATION Y LA RSC MEDIOAMBIENTAL UN PORTAL PARA ELEVAR EL PERFOMANCE EN LAS PYMES COMERCIALES Luis Enrique Valdez Juárez, Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora
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Social Innovation courses are often declined in a way that is often attached to social entrepreneurship or design methods (i.e. theory of change). Can you suggest any material on how to draw a course for MSc students combining social innovation theories/methodologies with territorial development policy and/or urban studies?
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I am currently teaching social innovation to Master's student currently. If you are interested I could share with you the syllabus.
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is this journal okay
International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) .
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The journal “International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science” is published by “Research and Scientific Innovation Society” and is as indicated by Raphael Kanyire Seidu a potential predatory publisher included in the Beall’s list:
This by itself is already a red flag for being predatory however not (always) enough. However, there are additional red flags:
-Papers have no DOI and no submission/acceptance info
-Publication fee is unrealistically low (USD 20)
-Besides meaningless indexing (Academia.edu is no official indexing agency) no serious indexing
-The emblem is remarkably similar to that of Elsevier, looks like an attempt to mislead
-Papers I checked are not available in Google Scholar so even this claim is false
This publisher proves that the evolution in predatory publishing moves on. The website (and the papers) looks remarkably professional so unaware of the phenomenon predatory publishing this publisher (and its journals) will make more victims. However, looking at the above-mentioned facts/observations I think that the conclusion is predatory so better to avoid.
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Curious about the idea, that philanthropically-minded entrepreneurs can help to diffuse/institutionalize social innovation due to their belonging to at least two matured fields of business and philantrophy, bridging multiple institutional logics, creating boundary spanning networks and pushing entrepreneurial experimentalism through patient philanthropic capital.
What do you think?
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My own experience is that social entrepreneurial projects fall into the wide funding gap between for-profit and non-profit funding models. Without a profit-maximising goal or business model you cannot get the usual seed, A, B... rounds and if you are not strictly non-profit you cannot get funded through the non-profit/philanthropic channels. This is a big gap (and opportunity!)
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I am interested in studying the experiences and motivations for philanthropy in Kenya by HNWIs. However, I would like my research questions to be grounded from gaps in theory and empirical research in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Research on social entrepreneurship is still in development, thus there is a considerable room to explore. For example, the specific definition and measurements of social entrepreneurship are still missing, and the determinants of opportunity recognition, motivation, and intention to be social entrepreneur can be investigated by combined theories in this area. In addition, comparative analysis between different type of organizations (hybrid organisations, and ‘non-profit organisations) is considered as a potential research direction in the future.
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Dear all,
I am Valentina Cattivelli and I am a guest editor at Sustainability (IF 2.5).
With this, I would like to invite you to submit a paper within a special issue "Social farming for Social innovation and viability in rural areas".
This special issue will contribute to the current debate on the green care movement, presenting some innovative solutions and business models to apply social farming as an innovative diversification strategy.
The Issue will focus on the impact that social farming activities directly or indirectly have on the social-ecological transformation when fostering environmental knowledge building as well as well-being in and with nature. At the same time, it will evidence how social farming strengthens social capital in rural areas through the dissemination of culture and traditions in agriculture, the provision of social services, and the integration of people at risk of isolation.
Additionally, the Issue will present applicable governance and legal framework strategies from their countries that provide legal certainty, regulate the quality of services, and ensure financial viability.
Finally, it will investigate how social farming contributes to shifting agricultural activities from purely primary production towards service delivery. This extension of multifunctional farming enables new income opportunities to avoid farm abandonment and to counteract the typical phenomenon of de-growth, which rural areas are dealing with: demographic and agro-structural changes, brain drain, unemployment, vacant houses, or lacking services of general interest.
If interested, please get in touch with me. There is the opportunity to have a reduced fee (under certain conditions).
Thank you
Best regards
#socialfarming #socialagriculture #social #sustainability #research #socialinnovation #urbangardens #innovation #callforpaper #papers
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The Issue will focus on the impact that social farming activities directly or indirectly have on the social-ecological transformation when fostering environmental knowledge building as well as well-being in and with nature. At the same time, it will evidence how social farming strengthens social capital in rural areas through the dissemination of culture and traditions in agriculture, the provision of social services, and the integration of people at risk of isolation....
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if we want to measure social innovation in a survey in different villages in an area, is it better to consider Statistical population all the people in that area or just the innovators and initiatives in the area?
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Omir, I fully agree with those colleagues who pointed out that your research question is not specific enough.
Heather's suggestions are particularly relevant in my view.
As already hinted above, you need to decide if you are interested in (a) the process of a given social innovation (SI) or SIs (aims, actors, motivations and interests of the actors, the co-operation among various actors, ...), (b) the framework conditions of SI (incentives, SI policies, other policies affecting SI, obstacles, formal and informal rules, cognitive frames of actors, power structures, social networks, ...), (c) the diffusion and adoption of a given SI initiative, (d) the outcomes and impacts of a SI - or something else.
Have a look at the various results of the CrESSI project at ResearchGate.
Without having a specific research question (or a set of closely related research questions), methods (and the sample) cannot be selected in an appropriate way.
Further, there are literally hundreds of definitions of social innovation. Have you chosen one (or devised a new one)? If yes, what definition you are going to use?
Think about all the suggestions you have received before rushing into any empirical work.
good luck,
Attila
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I'm trying to design a research for social innovation. Although, I'm not sure if I can find social innovation examples there or better say find robust examples in all of villages in the area. what's your suggestions for my research question(s)?
I was told I can apply a cluster analysis and investigate the villages conditions according to fostering factors of social innovation. Is it a good idea?
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It will be good idea to conduct SWOT analysis of the villages. Then clusters can be formed by taking the villages of similar strength to work on some innovations as necessity is the mother of innovation.
May be the following link will help:
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I'm trying to design a research for social innovation. Although, I'm not sure if I can find social innovation examples there or better say find robust examples in all of villages in the area. what's your suggestions for my research question(s)?
I was told I can apply a cluster analysis and investigate the villages conditions according to fostering factors of social innovation. Is it a good idea?
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You can follow the DFID framework to address the issue and work on it. If you can not understand anything please let me know.
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As the Guest Editor of the special issue of the flagship publication of IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Computer, on "The Next Wave of Machine Learning Applications," I invite submissions of path-breaking uses of ML. Details and CFP below.
Keywords: Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Biotech, Quantum Computing, Social Innovation
Please also let me know if you wish to serve as a reviewer for this special issue.
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No madam, the focus is only on the cutting-edge - next wave of ML / DL applications.
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The studies carried out by different scholars show that, in both Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), innovation processes, in their scientific and technological context, are ineffective. Therefore, it is difficult to create an appropriate environment for the development of new and better products and services in such a way that the whole helps the social and economic growth of these countries (de la Torre, 2014; Lederman et.al. 2014, CAF, 2013, World Bank, 2014). Despite some scholars describe the problem as systemic, is Wicked Problem (Rittel, 1973) an adequate framework to formulate these difficulties?
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Perhaps could be useful to read the following paper: Scientific systems in Latin America: performance, networks, and collaborations with industry https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10961-017-9631-7
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What are the best sources for analyzing social innovation? I mean journal articles, papers, research reports, etc, the "must reads".
Thanks for your help!
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Social innovation is very broad. It includes the effects of all technological innovation. In addition, there are innovations that can be said as economic-social or political. The latter may be new ways for society to address traditional problems, such as the Minimum Income Programs.
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Do you know any papers discussing the the role of AI in social innovations? I'm also interested in the best practices in this field. I intend to write a literature review. Thanks for your contributions in advance.
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Artificial Intelligence already represents an important source of replacement of human labor by machines. This time, it does not replace the manual work but the intellectual.
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Hi everyone!
I would like to send a qualitative paper on social innovation and ethics to a journal, but I do not know which ones are best. Could you give me a help?
Thanks in advance.
Cécile
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Dear Cécile,
The important question is which audience you like to address with your research. My advice would be to consult the key journals your peers tend to read, and check whether anything about social innovation has been published. And if there's nothing, this simply means that you're a pioneer entering new territory J
all the best, Pascal
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What is the difference or similarities in the levels of participation and appropiation of communities between inclusive innovation and social innovation?
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think your initial question makes more sense now
differences between social and inclusive innovation may pertain to quality and resources. quality requirements may be less strict for social innovation, and resources may also be more scarce. with client innovation, this may be the opposite. the client is willing to contribute resources, and may thus have higher quality expectations
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I have found a number of renditions of the "Social Business Model Canvas", with two in particular that seem to be the "original". One site proposes that the model was created by the Social Innovation Lab. The other proposes it was created by the Young Foundation. Both seem to have come to fruition in 2013. What I am not able to find is the first published SBMC. Can anyone clarify this?
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you are welcome @ Amy Dahmen
agree with you
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I’m currently involved in a research project that is related to Highly Integrative Questions (HIQ’s).
To define the landscape of those "next level client questions" we initiated a research:
How to define HIQ’s?
How to approach HIQ's?
What are cases that relate to HIQ’s?
How can we learn from those cases?
What kind of guidance and facilitation are needed in the process?
Some buzzwords: Complexity Theory, Integrative Thinking, Social Innovations
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@everyone thanks for the answers. This is exactly where our research is longing for.
Understanding Highly integrative Questions and complex system as prerequisite for innovating new services and products! I'm facinated by the Cynefin framework, because it shows different levels on how to approach innovations with systematic lenses...
@Brian I'm not really into deductive and inductive reasoning.
Integrative thinking in simple words is making an synthesis of A and B. It requires an ability of tension thinking for the synthesis. A good example can be found at the emergence of the Linux compay “Red Hat” and the thinking of their CEO Bob Young. It is also worth it to look at the work from Roger Martin.
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This topic about "highly integrative questions" is introduced by prof. Stephan Janssen, who speaks about 'The Smogfree City’ as the ultimate new desire of metropoles like Shanghai.
In our recent research we want to find out what are these highly integrative questions? What do we need to be good at to be really helpful with those questions? And how do we get to the table?
Any good articles,studies or other resources in mind that could help in my research?
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you seem like someone with the potential to be well connected. i would simply use interviews and pitch the questions you raise to (professionals of) professionals. ask them how they see HIQ, how they approach HIQ, how they would solve HIQ, etc. that would be interviews/ qualitative meth at full strenth
seeing that you yourself still "struggle" to wrap around the topic/ concept, a strong qualitative methodology like interviews may not be a bad idea.
you can ask such a type of question to strategy directors (head of strategy) at large corporations and multinationals.
just properly scope your research. i think interviews are already a study on its own
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Dear all,
Before talking about Social Return on Investment (SROI) which is due to the whole operation of the social enterprise, let´s start by analyzing the first steps, the very first investments. My last questions in researchgate make me think about the action of social entrepreneurs and I received helpful comments about the question relating the participation of the poor in the process of social innovation. Now, this one is important for nascent social entrepreneurs and for the school of thought (EMES: enterprises owned by the poor, or social and solidarity-based enterprises,must innovate to reach the point of social entrepreneurs).
I mention Social Entrepreneurs to present the top-down approach; NGO and government fall into this group, so I welcome any paper about this fact and especially I would like to see some in depth analysis of the start-up process as suggested by:
  1. Gibb & Ritchie (Understanding the Process of Starting Small Businesses,1982): 1): Motivation & Determination, 2): Idea & Market, 3): Resource & 4): Ability;
  2. Helen Haugh: (Community-Led Social Venture Creation, 2007): (1) opportunity identification, (2) idea articulation, (3) idea ownership, (4) stakeholder mobilization, (5) opportunity exploitation, and (6) stakeholder reflection
Thank you
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thank you all.
I wish to receive paper comparing start-up from both perspective "top-down with the social entrepreneurs and bottom-up with the agents of change locally-based.
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Considering the concept of CSI as "Corporate Social Innovation is a strategy that combines a unique set of corporate assets (innovation capacities, marketing skills, managerial acumen, employee engagement, scale, etc.) in collaboration with the assets of other sectors to co-create breakthrough solutions to complex economic, social, and environmental issues that impact the sustainability of both business and society."(KISER, 2014) Some foundations develop social initiatives. Can we consider foundations as a corporate that fits the CSI concept?
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I also agree that foundations don't belong to the concept of "corporate" when discussing about CSI. Despite this they may reasonably considered within the set of actors enabling the emergence of CSI, that means within the Network for Social Innovation.
I'm trying to picture the dynamics of these kinds of networks... it isn't easy, since they change over the time (according to the life cycles of SI) and they usually involved different actors depending on the industry, as well as on the "nature" of social aim pursued by the firm 
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I am studying the promotion of Social Innovation in Latin America as a enabler of social inclusion and the consequently decrease of urban violence.
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I can think of a friend of mine in Brazil who is familiar with this topic: Carla Cipolla (you can find her through Researchgate). You might also want to look at the cases of CEPTED.
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It is clear when social innovation gives step to novel idea, it can be transformed to goal, plan, program and project but what about this idea (Where, Who, When). Social innovation is one of the main and most promising way to rebuild community bonds, the poorest and marginalized people can benefit it when it is designed by an outsider (government, NGO, private enterprise, social entrepreneur), but the probability of success increase when the beneficiaries participate in the design of social innovation.
My question is related to remote rural area in developing countries, where live the poorest people. Probably they never had seen or heard about what is good living conditions or accepted as good. Many researchers (Mulgan, 2006; Von Jacobi et al, 2017) argue that the poor know about how to solve their problems; can we expect to this kind of poor to part of the process of social innovation? Or it is possible to talk about level of participation as the top-down approach does?
Following the logic of participation, it looks like a failure from the donors, NGO, government who make the plan and project and ask the poor to join them. Barlett (2007) is on the side to let the people plan for themselves. How could this happen when they lack skills,
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A very interesting perspective put forward here by: however I would simply say that once you experience a situation and then you are into it only then you know what caused it and next time you can better tackle it also. So as per my logic, only the poor villagers know what their real problem is and they would also be able to contribute towards the solution. They don't know the solution but the problem and the cause so the way to get rid of it would be following to it.
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I found papers on gender socialization but I want specifically on occupation socialization for any innovation adoption.
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Hello Mohamed
These are old now, but might be of some relevance:
Kuhlmann, J. L. (1988). The socialization of CPEP teachers: implications for administration.
Socialization, I. O. (1977). Toward a Theory of Organizational Socialization John Van Maanen and Edgar H. Schein Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
This might be relevant but I have not seen the full text:
King, R. C., & Sethi, V. (1998). The impact of socialization on the role adjustment of information systems professionals. Journal of Management Information Systems, 14(4), 195-217.
In this paper, the aim is to build theory of occupational socialization rather than use previous theory (the word 'innovative' is used rather than innovation):
Leonardi, P. M., Jackson, M. H., & Diwan, A. (2009). The Enactment-Externalization Dialectic: Rationalization and the Persistence of Counterproductive Technology Design Practices in Student Engineering. Academy of Management Journal, 52(2), 400-420.
Very best wishes,
Mary
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We are conducting a Realist Review about this topic focused on the mechanisms involved in the conditionality of these schemes.
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Thank you very much for your comments, they are very helpful.
Our realist review about CCT in  is concluded and was published  (Italian version at the moment). The review aimed at analysing the impacts of welfare behaviour conditionality in OECD countries. Main review questions were: In which circumstance and for whom are behaviours conditionalities effective and appropriate? Which are mechanisms operating in CCT? How do the implementation mechanisms and integrated case-managemente strategies influence the success of CCT measures? It demonstrated that welfare behavioural conditionalities are effective as a means to balance disincentive to work introduced by antipoverty and minimum income measures, particularly in those contexts where a mix of fiscal measures, social benefits and a provision of good quality services and efficient administrations were in operation. 
A key factor that determines how conditionalities influence people behaviours is the degree of knowledge of the rules: about one out four of sanctioned recipients resulted not having a clear understanding of conditions either because they were not informed by service or they did not understand the complex rules.
Medium enforcement of job conditionalities with low sanctions rates together with a mix of fiscal credit and good quality services (Job centres, counseling, services for children care, out-of-school initiative for adolescents, housing benefit) are more probably associated with activation mechanism of most disadvantages recipients and positive outcomes (employment, income rates and children wellness).
Most sanctioned families resulted to be those less able to respect the rules and with more disadvantages. Unintended negative consequences  for adolescents emerged due to the lack of parent control. Other negative effects emerged due to the high costs for the local authorities and implementation inefficiencies  that should be considered in the design of the measure.
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the term 'Inclusive' is increasingly added as a 'buzz word' to 'traditional types of innovation'. By contrast, there is a general assumption on the inclusivity of social innovations...
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Dear Frithiof,
thanks for your interesting comment that brings to the fore the question of which values can we construct and generate through innovation, i.e., if we are aiming at economic growth or sustainable economic development embracing greater social cohesion, social inclusion and trying to solve current justice imbalances. However, in the praxis arena there are lots of different societal experiments and innovation activities such as rural 'green' innovation labs, Technological Innovation Labs and crowd-driven innovation forms oriented to the purpose of achieving social inclusion... where the boundaries between 'social', 'technological' and 'cultural' dimensions are increasingly blurred.
Should we admit the mixing nature of innovation? (...previously to consider normative approaches to indicators)
Best,
Mónica
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There is a social innovation model in India in the rehabilitation of the mentally ill through individual initiatives and community support. It is innovative due to the new relationship the community people involved in and the new ideas generated out of it. The researcher used grounded theory as methodology and if any international journals are interested in the original work please let me know.
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Plos 10 is another option
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Organisational Flexibility is lauded in Strategic Management and in Diversity / Inclusion Management, albeit for different reasons, how can both research streams be alinged to gain organisational effectiveness and social innovation?
The Culture of Inclusive Organizations displays flexibility, through reducing organisational barriers to allow a broader demographic to enter their confines (Schur et al., 2005).
The purpose of this question is to theoretically and empirically grasp the issue, how organizations become inclusive – with special regard to persons with disabilities (PWD) – and the potential limits to inclusion.
Theodorakopoulos and Budhwar (2015: 181, DOI: 10.1002/hrm) review prior work on disability diversity which suggested that 'organizational flexibility is an important factor in the successful inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace (Kulkarni and Lengnick-Hall, 2011; Wooten, 2008)',
Corporate Leadership and culture already had been identified as crucial factors in this regard (Schur et al., 2005). Also in strategic management, culture has been discussed as a source of organisational flexibility for some time. For example, Organisational effectiveness has been mapped using the exploitation/exploration dichotomy (March, 1991), relating it to learning (Crossan et al., 1999) and dimensions of organisational culture (Freiling and Fichtner, 2010).
A well-known definition of organisational culture regards it as a solution to the challenges of external adaptation and internal integration. An ethnographic study of an organisation (Svenson, 2014) mapped how organisational effectiveness was realized through practising flexibility, which pertained only to the external adaptation, thus securing competitive advantage. In internal integration there was rigidity with a culture of a revealed dogma (Schein, 2010).
With the challenges to become an inclusive organisation, there remains the question, how can be flexibility be introduced to the culture's internal Integration?
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A Primer on Organizational Learning, available at http://www.adb.org/publications/primer-organizational-learning, covers related ground. Figure 2 therein articulates numerous reasons why one would want to create a learning organization. Sparking Social Innovations, available at http://www.adb.org/publications/sparking-social-innovations, could be of interest too. 
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I am looking for strong, evidence-based studies or literature reviews on the Collective Impact approach to solving large-scale social problems.  So far I am finding articles describing the approach which cite individual cases only.
In particular, I am interested in organizations and agencies from different sectors committing to a common agenda and tackling childhood health/nutrition-related issues--but any evidence-based information would be useful.  Thanks.
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Hi Carol,
Have you tried posting the question on the Collective Impact Forum? Here's the link: http://www.collectiveimpactforum.org/
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I am working at the relationship between online learning/ICT and pedagogy, as implementing online learning concerns social innovation. In many casesit seems online learning is recording lectures and that is it.  Now i am looking for ideas and resources to get more grip on these ideas. Who can help me out with literasture, articles, ideas, experiences etc. Thanks in advance.
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Hi Bob,
I share Trevor's thoughts - particularly the emphasis on the social dimension of online courses. It is possible, using the tools Trevor mentions, to build relationships with students that are in some cases stronger than those developed in face to face courses where student engagement is sometimes low. I have used Transactional Distance Theory to explore relationship building in online courses and have provided below details of two conference papers where this is explored further. One of these papers has been accepted for publication in the New Year and I will update my page when this occurs. Hope this helps. Kevin.
Larkin, K., & Jamieson-Proctor, R. . (2013, July 7-11, 2013). Transactional Distance Theory (TDT): An Approach to Enhancing Knowledge and Reducing Anxiety of Pre-Service Teachers Studying a Mathematics Education Course Online. Paper presented at the Mathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Proceedings of the 36th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Melbourne.
Larkin, K. (2014). Restructuring a pre-service teacher mathematics education course to develop Mathematics Content Knowledge (MCK) and Mathematics Pedagogical Content Knowledge (MPCK). Paper presented at STEM 2014: STEM Education and our Planet: Making Connections Across Contexts, Vancouver, (July 12 - 15). Acknowledged as Best Paper Award at this conference.
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I ask this question and try to propose some directions in my presentation for the Mass Customization Conference (Feb2014) http://www.slideshare.net/nicomorelli/scaling-up-social-innovation-services
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Yes, we can scale up local and highly personalized services. Scales have earlier been designed on quality of services, etc. Check related papers/book on marketing and services. 
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This interesting question was formulated in the recent Social Frontiers Conference (UK, http://www.nesta.org.uk/assets/events/social_frontiers_the_next_edge_of_social_innovation_research)
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Social innovation should bring the knowledge and reaearch results into society in order to influence/change/improve. There shoul be some formula, program or procedure that you want to implement in order to bring positive change.
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I want to implement Hybrid MANET Routing protocol for emergency Group communication as a social innovative project. please share your ideas.
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What Kind of idea (for simulation in NS-2) (better try reactive + geographic/load aware routing it will improves your performance when compared with hybrid and proactive, hybrid and proactive consumes more  energy compared with reactive + geographic/load aware routing)
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I have been focusing on the impact of scalability of social innovation and found out that: (1) there are very few franchises which appear as social businesses, and (2) the majority of exported social innovations do not work well in a cultural environment, which often blocks the process of scalability. Any suggested works in that vein?
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A social enterprise will have to fit the local aspirations and needs, scalability will work only if the the social enterprise prima facie fits the first premise and is adaptable enough.
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Most of the studies on innovation I have come across relate to organization innovation but not much research focuses on individual innovation. Why? Could studies on individual innovation be reaching a saturation level? What are some of the potential areas for future research on individual innovation?
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I think you can find it useful to resort to psychology literature. Also, Prof. Stefano Brusoni has been working on individual propensity to engage in innovative activities through FMRI-assisted methods.