Strategies and Best Practices in Social Innovation

An Institutional Perspective

  • Marta Peris-Ortiz
  • Jaime Alonso Gómez
  • Patricia Marquez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Marta Peris-Ortiz, Jaime A. Gomez, Patricia Marquez
    Pages 1-10
  3. Amador Durán-Sánchez, Marta Peris-Ortiz, José Álvarez-García, María de la Cruz del Río-Rama
    Pages 11-29
  4. João J. Ferreira, Cristina I. Fernandes, Valter R. M. Oliveira
    Pages 31-46
  5. Antonio Alonso-Gonzalez, Lorena A. Palacios Chacon, Marta Peris-Ortiz
    Pages 65-87
  6. Asunción Esteso Blasco, Maria Gil-Marques, Juan Sapena Bolufer
    Pages 89-103
  7. Elisa Peñalvo-López, Ángel Pérez-Navarro, Francisco J. Cárcel-Carrasco, Carlos Devece
    Pages 105-117
  8. Alicia Blanco-González, Camilo Prado-Román, Francisco Díez-Martín
    Pages 119-129
  9. Rui Pedro Lopes, Cristina Mesquita, María de la Cruz del Río-Rama, José Álvarez-García
    Pages 131-152
  10. Amable Juárez Tarraga, Sofía Estelles-Miguel, Marta Elena Palmer Gato, José Miguel Albarracín Guillem
    Pages 181-188
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 205-208

About this book


This book examines the different ways companies can develop and design social innovation. Combining technological and social perspectives, the contributors present emerging research on social innovation from different sectors such as entrepreneurship, education and energy. Collectively, the authors demonstrate the ways in which social innovation can drive sustainability and development in regions around the world.

All societies are characterized by their political, economic and social institutions, as well as by how they utilize technology. The social innovations with the highest importance are those which modify existing institutions or create new ones, and based on their magnitude, they can be considered as radical or incremental. For example, when Joseph Chamberlain encouraged workers to organize in order to achieve universal male suffrage in Great Britain in 1885, this was a considered a radical innovation for British society, which in turn changed its political framework. Social innovations may be based on intelligence and commitment, on technology or on social entrepreneurship in its most open forms. In addition, social innovations can be classified into those which correspond to an entire country or region, a field (e.g., education) or a sector (e.g., entrepreneurship, technology, social reform).

Featuring contributions on topics such as agro-food, smart cities, higher education, gender equality and sports, this book is ideal for academics, students, scholars, professionals and policy makers in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and regional development.


Social Innovation in Public Organizations Agro-Organic Food Industry Renewable Resources Sustainable Social Innovation Smart Cities Social Innovation in Sports Social Economy Educational Social Innovation Corporate Universities Social Innovation in Higher Education

Editors and affiliations

  • Marta Peris-Ortiz
    • 1
  • Jaime Alonso Gómez
    • 2
  • Patricia Marquez
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Organizacón de EmpresasUniversitat Politècnica de ValènciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.School of Business AdministrationUniversity of San DiegoSan DiegoUSA
  3. 3.Joan B. Kroc School of Peace StudiesUniversity of San DiegoSan DiegoUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-89856-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-89857-5
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