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Exploring the drivers of tensions in social innovation management in the context of social entrepreneurial teams

Exploring the drivers of tensions in social innovation management in the context of social... The purpose of this paper is to identify tensions that are emerging in the invention and implementation of social innovation by social entrepreneurial teams and highlights elements that influence the type of tension encountered.Design/methodology/approachFour cases are selected theoretically, studied individually, and compared to one another to identify tensions and patterns of tensions.FindingsThe findings reveal the predominant tensions related to goals and identity during social innovation invention and those related to time and knowledge during social innovation implementation. The size of the entrepreneurial team, the nature of the social innovation, and the interest orientation – that is, the overlap between entrepreneurial team members and beneficiaries – are found to play a role in the type of tensions encountered and their content.Research limitations/implicationsThe chosen research approach limits the generalizability of the research results. Replication in other settings and with other types of social innovation is therefore encouraged.Originality/valueIn contrast to most existing studies, this research focuses on nascent social innovation projects borne by teams. It proposes that social-business tensions are not necessarily predominant in social innovation management. It suggests the importance of interest orientation as an underestimated factor in the study of social entrepreneurship. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Management Decision Emerald Publishing

Exploring the drivers of tensions in social innovation management in the context of social entrepreneurial teams

Management Decision , Volume 57 (6): 18 – Jun 21, 2019

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0025-1747
DOI
10.1108/md-01-2017-0089
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to identify tensions that are emerging in the invention and implementation of social innovation by social entrepreneurial teams and highlights elements that influence the type of tension encountered.Design/methodology/approachFour cases are selected theoretically, studied individually, and compared to one another to identify tensions and patterns of tensions.FindingsThe findings reveal the predominant tensions related to goals and identity during social innovation invention and those related to time and knowledge during social innovation implementation. The size of the entrepreneurial team, the nature of the social innovation, and the interest orientation – that is, the overlap between entrepreneurial team members and beneficiaries – are found to play a role in the type of tensions encountered and their content.Research limitations/implicationsThe chosen research approach limits the generalizability of the research results. Replication in other settings and with other types of social innovation is therefore encouraged.Originality/valueIn contrast to most existing studies, this research focuses on nascent social innovation projects borne by teams. It proposes that social-business tensions are not necessarily predominant in social innovation management. It suggests the importance of interest orientation as an underestimated factor in the study of social entrepreneurship.

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Management DecisionEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 21, 2019

Keywords: Tensions; Nascent social entrepreneurship; Paradox approach; Social entrepreneurial team; Social innovation management

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