Challenge Social Innovation

Potentials for Business, Social Entrepreneurship, Welfare and Civil Society

  • Hans-Werner Franz
  • Josef Hochgerner
  • Jürgen Howaldt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Hans-Werner Franz, Josef Hochgerner, Jürgen Howaldt
    Pages 1-16
  3. On Social Innovation Theory

  4. Social Innovation in the Service Sector

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Faridah Djellal, Faïz Gallouj
      Pages 119-137
    3. Stuart Conger
      Pages 139-149
  5. Social Innovation and Welfare

  6. Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

  7. Social Innovation at the Workplace

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Peter Totterdill, Peter Cressey, Rosemary Exton
      Pages 241-259
    3. Frank Pot, Steven Dhondt, Peter Oeij
      Pages 261-274
  8. Social Innovation, Open Innovation and Social Media

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Christoph Kaletka, Karolin Eva Kappler, Bastian Pelka, Richard Ruiz de Querol
      Pages 277-292
    3. Daniel Kahnert, Raphael Menez, Birgit Blättel-Mink
      Pages 293-306
  9. Measuring Social Innovation

  10. Social Innovation and the Social Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. Bjørn Gustavsen
      Pages 353-366
    3. Hans-Werner Franz, Josef Hochgerner, Jürgen Howaldt
      Pages 379-384

About this book


In recent years, social innovation has experienced a steep career. Numerous national governments and large organisations like the OECD, the European Commission and UNESCO have adopted the term. Social innovation basically means that people adopt new social practices in order to meet social needs in a different or more effective way. Prominent examples of the past are the Red Cross and the social welfare state or, at present, the internet 2.0 transforming our communication and cooperation schemes, requiring new management concepts, even empowering social revolutions. The traditional concept of innovation as successful new technological products needs fundamental rethinking in a society marked by knowledge and services, leading to a new and enriched paradigm of innovation. There is multiple evidence that social innovation will become of growing importance not only concerning social integration, equal opportunities and dealing with the greenhouse effects but also with regard to preserving and expanding the innovative capacity of companies and societies. While political authorities stress the social facets of social innovation, this book also encompasses its societal and systemic dimensions, collecting the scientific expertise of renowned experts and scholars from all over the world. Based on the contributions of the first world-wide science convention on social innovation from September 2011 in Vienna, the book provides an overview of scientific approaches to this still relatively new field.

Forewords by Agnès HUBERT (Member of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) of the European Commission) and Antonella Noya (Senior Policy Analyst at OECD, manager of the OECD LEED Forum on Social Innovations)


corporate social responsibility social innovation social learning sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Werner Franz
    • 1
  • Josef Hochgerner
    • 2
  • Jürgen Howaldt
    • 3
  1. 1.Zentrale Wissenschaftliche Einrichtung, Sozialforschungsstelle DortmundTU DortmundDortmundGermany
  2. 2.Centre for Social InnovationViennaAustria
  3. 3.Sozialforschungsstelle DortmundDortmundGermany

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