Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Introduction: Dimensions of Social Innovation

    1. Alex Nicholls, Julie Simon, Madeleine Gabriel
      Pages 1-26 Open Access
  3. Researching Social Innovation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Katharine McGowan, Frances Westley
      Pages 52-68 Open Access
    3. Marie J. Bouchard, Catherine Trudelle, Louise Briand, Juan-Luis Klein, Benoît Lévesque, David Longtin et al.
      Pages 69-85 Open Access
  4. Blurring Boundaries and Reconfiguring Relations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Jane Jenson
      Pages 89-106 Open Access
    3. Adalbert Evers, Benjamin Ewert
      Pages 107-127 Open Access
    4. Carla Cipolla, Patricia Melo, Ezio Manzini
      Pages 128-142 Open Access
  5. Producing Social Innovation through New Forms of Collaboration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Jungwon Kim, Sojung Rim, Sunkyung Han, Ahyoung Park
      Pages 170-191 Open Access
    3. Ola Tjornbo
      Pages 192-211 Open Access
  6. Conclusion: The Task of the Social Innovation Movement

    1. Roberto Mangabeira Unger
      Pages 233-251 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 252-267

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY license. Interest in social innovation continues to rise, from governments setting up social innovation 'labs' to large corporations developing social innovation strategies. Yet theory lags behind practice, and this hampers our ability to understand social innovation and make the most of its potential. This collection brings together work by leading social innovation researchers globally, exploring the practice and process of researching social innovation, its nature and effects. Combining theoretical chapters and empirical studies, it shows how social innovation is blurring traditional boundaries between the market, the state and civil society, thereby developing new forms of services, relationships and collaborations. It takes a critical perspective, analyzing potential downsides of social innovation that often remain unexplored or are glossed over, yet concludes with a powerful vision of the potential for social innovation to transform society. It aims to be a valuable resource for students and researchers, as well as policymakers and others supporting and leading social innovation.


Social innovation social enterprise social entrepreneurship social change communication entrepreneur Entrepreneurship governance government innovation Leadership service strategy technology transformation work

Editors and affiliations

  • Alex Nicholls
    • 1
  • Julie Simon
    • 2
  • Madeleine Gabriel
    • 3
  1. 1.University of OxfordUK
  2. 2.The Young FoundationUK
  3. 3.NestaUK

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