Institutions, innovation and impact: A study of social innovators

Shivaang Sharma, Rajshree Prakash, Raymond Paquin, Winston Kwon

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Abstract / Description of output

Innovative solutions that address the grand challenges of society are redefining the role of technology in society and fostering more inclusive institutional arrangements. Recent studies in organization science discuss this new paradigm/process of social problem solving as Social Innovation (SI). Through a study of 10 social innovators in Canada and India, we explore the process by which they use / transform institutional arrangements to develop and diffuse their innovations. In doing so, we seek to enrich institutional theory and social innovation literature in two ways. First, by discussing the disruptive effect of social innovations on social arrangements as they seek to address the institutional ‘causes’ behind the social problem ‘symptoms.’ Second, by discussing how social innovators, in particular those who occupy weak subject positions and have limited resources, can act as ‘cross-boundary facilitators’ in the diffusion of innovations through new practices and networks of interaction/value creation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2019
Event35th EGOS Colloquium
: Enlightening the Future: The Challenge for Organizations
- University of Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jul 20196 Jul 2019
Conference number: 1200


Conference35th EGOS Colloquium
Abbreviated titleEGOS 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • social innovation


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