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Organizational Pathways for Social Innovation and Societal Impacts in Disability Nonprofits

  • Rachel Taylor
  • Nuttaneeya (Ann) TorugsaEmail author
  • Anthony Arundel
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Abstract

Using data from a sample of 301 Australian disability nonprofit organizations (NPOs), this study applies configurational thinking to identify combinations of organizational capabilities that lead to Nonprofit Social Innovation (NSI)—a new service or process that promotes social inclusion of people with disabilities—and examines whether NSI is a sufficient condition for high societal impacts to be achieved. The conceptualization and components of the NSI framework were developed in our previous research through a two-month researcher-in-residency at disability NPOs. In this study, we employ fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis to identify several “recipes” of capabilities (varying by organizational size and geographical location) for NSI development. The analyses find that high societal impacts from NSI occur when organizations adopt diverse perspectives, and embrace either person-focused approaches or operate in a risk-tolerant environment. These findings provide valuable linkages to managerial practice in nonprofits and advance emerging theoretical understandings of social innovation.

Keywords

Capabilities Disability nonprofits Qualitative comparative analysis Social innovation Societal impact 

Notes

Funding

The lead author would like to acknowledge financial support received through an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Federation Business SchoolFederation University AustraliaBallaratAustralia
  2. 2.Ratchasuda CollegeMahidol UniversityNakhon Pathom, BangkokThailand
  3. 3.Tasmanian School of Business and EconomicsUniversity of TasmaniaHobartAustralia
  4. 4.UNU-MERITMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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