Collaborative Networks as Ways to Improve Cross-sector Collaboration in Social Innovation: An Exploratory Study

  • Michele Andréia BorgesEmail author
  • António Lucas Soares
  • Gertrudes Aparecida Dandolini
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 480)


Social innovation is presented as a viable alternative to incite systemic changes related to sustainability in its three dimensions (social, environmental and economic), to involve the government, companies and, above all, civil society. In order to understand the development of social innovation in Brazil and Portugal, and to promote cross-sector collaboration, we have conducted several case studies involving centers for social innovation in both countries. The data analysis demonstrates that collaboration between sectors and the construction of collaborative networks is as a key element in the development and sustainability of social innovation. In spite of this, in practice the construction of these networks is not trivial, there is the need to manage these networks innovatively. The literature review points out the key enablers for cross-sector collaboration in the context of social innovation, the alignment of values and goals, mutual trust, commitment and bridge leadership.


Social innovation Cross-sector collaboration Collaborative network Brazil Portugal 



This work was conducted during a scholarship supported by the Doctoral Sandwich Abroad Program CAPES/PDSE at the Federal University of Santa Catarina. Financed by CAPES – Higher Education Personnel Improvement Coordination within the Ministry of Education of Brazil. Furthermore, this work is financed by the ERDF – European Regional Development Fund through the Operational Programme for Competitiveness and Internationalisation - COMPETE 2020 Programme within project «POCI-01-0145-FEDER-006961», and by National Funds through the FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) as part of project UID/EEA/50014/2013.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michele Andréia Borges
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • António Lucas Soares
    • 2
  • Gertrudes Aparecida Dandolini
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal University of Santa CatarinaFlorianópolisBrazil
  2. 2.Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science – INESC TECPortoPortugal

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