Research Handbook of Responsible Management
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Research Handbook of Responsible Management

Edited by Oliver Laasch, Roy Suddaby, R. E. Freeman and Dima Jamali

Outlining origins of the field and latest research trends, this Research Handbook offers a unique and cutting-edge take on the numerous avenues to responsible management in the 21st century. Renowned contributors present iconic viewpoints that have formed the foundation of responsible management research, introducing cutting-edge conceptual lenses for the study of the responsible management process.
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Chapter 41: Social innovation: specifying pathways for impact

Christian Seelos and Johanna Mair


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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