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Is measuring social innovation a mission impossible?

Is measuring social innovation a mission impossible? Abstract The main aim of the paper is to question the viability of measuring social innovation with the current state of knowledge on the one hand, and to make suggestions for better measurement of it on the other. To reach this aim, the literature on the traditional measures of technological innovation and the previous attempts of measuring social innovation is surveyed. Despite relatively narrow scope of the literature mainly originated from the very recent and pioneer experiments, one may argue that the first findings do not present a promising picture for future studies. Therefore, existing trials to measure social innovation have to be critically screened to ascertain problematic areas, and hence, to provide plausible solutions. The problems with social innovation metrics are not only limited with obtaining concrete and trustworthy results, but also extended to statistical, methodological and even conceptual spheres. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Innovation: The European Journal of Social Sciences Taylor & Francis

Is measuring social innovation a mission impossible?

Is measuring social innovation a mission impossible?

Innovation: The European Journal of Social Sciences , Volume 33 (3): 31 – Jul 2, 2020

Abstract

Abstract The main aim of the paper is to question the viability of measuring social innovation with the current state of knowledge on the one hand, and to make suggestions for better measurement of it on the other. To reach this aim, the literature on the traditional measures of technological innovation and the previous attempts of measuring social innovation is surveyed. Despite relatively narrow scope of the literature mainly originated from the very recent and pioneer experiments, one may argue that the first findings do not present a promising picture for future studies. Therefore, existing trials to measure social innovation have to be critically screened to ascertain problematic areas, and hence, to provide plausible solutions. The problems with social innovation metrics are not only limited with obtaining concrete and trustworthy results, but also extended to statistical, methodological and even conceptual spheres.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2019 The European Association for the Advancement of the Social Sciences
ISSN
1469-8412
eISSN
1351-1610
DOI
10.1080/13511610.2019.1705149
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Abstract

Abstract The main aim of the paper is to question the viability of measuring social innovation with the current state of knowledge on the one hand, and to make suggestions for better measurement of it on the other. To reach this aim, the literature on the traditional measures of technological innovation and the previous attempts of measuring social innovation is surveyed. Despite relatively narrow scope of the literature mainly originated from the very recent and pioneer experiments, one may argue that the first findings do not present a promising picture for future studies. Therefore, existing trials to measure social innovation have to be critically screened to ascertain problematic areas, and hence, to provide plausible solutions. The problems with social innovation metrics are not only limited with obtaining concrete and trustworthy results, but also extended to statistical, methodological and even conceptual spheres.

Journal

Innovation: The European Journal of Social SciencesTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 2, 2020

Keywords: Innovation; technological innovation; social innovation; innovation indicators; social innovation metrics

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