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Disruptors in a time of disruption: Social innovation in the Australian disability sector


Taylor, J and Torugsa, A and Arundel, A, Disruptors in a time of disruption: Social innovation in the Australian disability sector, The 9th International Social Innovation Research Conference: Beyond Boundaries? Organisations, Systems and Social Innovation, 12-14 December 2017, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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This sector-wide, survey-based study applies complexity theory and a set-theoretic method to uncover the complex causality underlying the development of social innovations by non-profit organisations (NPOs). The study focuses on NPOs in the Australian disability sector currently grappling with profound disruption due to the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and consequently facing increasing pressure to exploit novel avenues for learning and adaptability to create social value in more effective and efficient ways (Connellan, 2014; Hallahan, 2013). While NPOs contend with complexities stemming from their external environments (i.e. competing needs of multiple stakeholders and volatility of funding sources), internally-derived complexity is also important for understanding how NPOs function as complex systems comprised of combinations of interdependent parts whose outcomes (social innovations) cannot be adequately inferred through analysing their parts in isolation (Meyer et al., 1993).

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:disruption, disability, Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public administration
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Public sector productivity
UTAS Author:Taylor, J (Ms Rachel Taylor)
UTAS Author:Torugsa, A (Dr Ann Torugsa)
UTAS Author:Arundel, A (Professor Anthony Arundel)
ID Code:122987
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Australian Innovation Research Centre
Deposited On:2017-12-08
Last Modified:2017-12-08

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