Edited by Oliver Laasch, Roy Suddaby, R. E. Freeman and Dima Jamali
We studied the characteristics and consequences of social innovation processes in four social enterprises operating in developing countries. Six types of uncertainty characterize social innovation processes and challenge managers to enact innovation responsibly. Responsible innovation in the context of this study refers to using scarce resources productively and limiting the negative consequences of failed innovations for vulnerable constituencies. The chapter proposes to evaluate innovation and scaling as an integrated process of impact creation, where impact refers to making progress on social or environmental problems. Different integrations of innovation and scaling over time revealed four distinct innovation archetypes that illustrate various strategic roles of innovation in social enterprises.
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