Developing innovation routines in social enterprises: Evidence from a multi-activity support programme

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Abstract

This paper explores the role of support programmes in helping social enterprises (SEs) to develop innovation routines and capabilities. In doing so, it aims to contribute to addressing the lack of attention currently paid to the management of innovation in the social enterprise literature. It is based on evidence collected from a multi-activity support programme that was part of a major cross-regional European-funded project. This programme involved the participation of 75 SEs in a range of activities, including one-to-one coaching, specialist training, international visits, access to online resources and networks, and peer-based action learning. The main aim of the paper is to explore the varying implications of these different interventions for the development and/or transformation of innovation routines among the participating SEs. Distinguishing between agency-based, network-based, and informational forms of support, we argue that the disruptive or transformative capacity of each is different depending on the configuration of existing routines and capabilities, and the nature of the support interventions themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBAM 2019 Conference
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding and Sustaining High Performance Organisations in Uncertain Times
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2019
EventBritish Academy of Management 2019 Conference: Building and Sustaining High Performance Organisations in Uncertain Times - Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sep 20195 Sep 2019
https://www.bam.ac.uk/innovation-0#Developmental%20Papers

Conference

ConferenceBritish Academy of Management 2019 Conference
Abbreviated titleBAM 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBirmingham
Period3/09/195/09/19
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Keywords

  • Social Enterprises
  • Innovation routines

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