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Strategic niche management of social innovations: the case of social entrepreneurship

Strategic niche management of social innovations: the case of social entrepreneurship Strategic niche management (SNM), a tool to understand and manage radical socio-technical innovations and facilitate their diffusion, has always departed from a technical artefact. Many radical innovations, however, do not revolve around such an artefact. Social entrepreneurship is a new business model that combines a social goal with a business mentality and is heralded as an important new way to create social value such as sustainability. This study examines if and how SNM can be applied to such a social innovation. It identifies theoretical and practical limitations and proposes solutions. The main conclusion is that SNM can be used to analyse radical social innovation, although it requires rethinking the initial entry point for research and management. Exemplifying quotes are proposed as an alternative. Second, this paper suggests using values to describe niche–regime interaction as a better way to anticipate future niche–regime interactions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Technology Analysis & Strategic Management Taylor & Francis

Strategic niche management of social innovations: the case of social entrepreneurship

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1465-3990
eISSN
0953-7325
DOI
10.1080/09537325.2011.585035
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Abstract

Strategic niche management (SNM), a tool to understand and manage radical socio-technical innovations and facilitate their diffusion, has always departed from a technical artefact. Many radical innovations, however, do not revolve around such an artefact. Social entrepreneurship is a new business model that combines a social goal with a business mentality and is heralded as an important new way to create social value such as sustainability. This study examines if and how SNM can be applied to such a social innovation. It identifies theoretical and practical limitations and proposes solutions. The main conclusion is that SNM can be used to analyse radical social innovation, although it requires rethinking the initial entry point for research and management. Exemplifying quotes are proposed as an alternative. Second, this paper suggests using values to describe niche–regime interaction as a better way to anticipate future niche–regime interactions.

Journal

Technology Analysis & Strategic ManagementTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 1, 2011

Keywords: multi-level perspective; social entrepreneurship; social innovation; socio-technical regime; strategic niche management; SNM; value

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