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Thriving within the turbulence: a complexity theorizing approach to social innovation by nonprofit organizations


Taylor, R and Torugsa, A and Arundel, A, Thriving within the turbulence: a complexity theorizing approach to social innovation by nonprofit organizations, Handbook of Research on Contemporary Approaches in Management and Organizational Strategy, IGI Global, C Doğru (ed), Hershey, United States, pp. 36-62. ISBN 9781522563013 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-6301-3


This chapter embraces complexity theory as a basis for theorizing social innovation in nonprofit organizations (NPOs) operating in the Australian disability sector, which is currently grappling with the implementation of a disruptive policy reform leading to a paradigm shift in the funding of disability support services, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). To cope and thrive within a new NDIS-fueled marketplace, disability NPOs need to pursue socially innovative agendas. Through a review of cross-disciplinary literatures on social innovation and the use of a complexity theorizing approach that integrates multiple theories (i.e. institutional theory, resource dependence theory, and user innovation theory), this chapter proposes a holistic complexity-based framework that can potentially: explain how disability NPOs develop social innovations operating at the edge of chaos, help improve the ability of research to tackle societal and managerial problems, and hence strengthen management scholarship.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:non-profit organisations, National Disability Insurance Scheme, NDIS, complexity theory, social innovation
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Innovation management
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Management and productivity not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Torugsa, A (Dr Ann Torugsa)
UTAS Author:Arundel, A (Professor Anthony Arundel)
ID Code:132095
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-04-18
Last Modified:2020-07-29

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