Social and Institutional Innovations in Family Forestry

  • Alice LudvigEmail author
  • Teppo Hujala
  • Ivana Živojinović
  • Gerhard Weiss
Part of the World Forests book series (WFSE, volume 24)


Over the last decade, the term social innovation has received increasing attention as a means to address complex global social problems and to add collective values. In earlier innovation research, the term “institutional innovation” was introduced to denote institutional efforts and the role of institutions in successful innovations. We detect overlaps between the two perspectives when it comes to innovation in family forestry. Overall, the forest sector has many potentials for fostering rural and community development and thus appears to be a promising field to adopt modes of social innovation in terms of collaborative competences in the co-creation of services and goods. Inherently, from a service dominant logic (S-D) perspective, dynamic capabilities of customer orientation, co-creation of needs and mutual exchange of knowledge can have substantial impact on the innovation outcomes in family forestry. The chapter examines collective action and collective benefits in forestry behind the background of concepts of social and institutional innovation. With innovative examples from forestry across Europe we show how both private and public-private collaborative efforts lead to successful innovation and we discuss the relevance of key service-logic aspects of social innovation to family forestry.


Civil society engagement Forest services Institutional change Regional development Social forestry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alice Ludvig
    • 1
    Email author
  • Teppo Hujala
    • 2
  • Ivana Živojinović
    • 1
  • Gerhard Weiss
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences & European Forest InstituteViennaAustria
  2. 2.University of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland

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